Issue : 5 October 2010
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Staff personal hygiene, outsourced cleaning contracts and not knowing where to complain are factors the public considers when asked to rate hospital cleanliness, research has found.
Seasonal flu jab to contain swine flu vaccineSubscription
The annual flu jab will this year protect against swine flu and will be offered to all pregnant women for the first time.
Long term illness focus halves emergency costsSubscription
Refocusing district nursing teams on older people with more than one long term condition can cut emergency bed day costs in half, a new study shows.
Nurse led projects were among the most effective in preventing older peoples’ emergency hospital admissions, research reveals.
NHS telephone service ‘dilutes’ nurse roleSubscription
The “significant dilution” of the role of trained nurses in the telephone service due to absorb NHS Direct has been laid bare in a parliamentary question.
Fewer than half of hospital trusts collect and report information on the number of times patients are transferred around hospital.
Hundreds of thousands of hospital patients are being moved from one hospital ward to another with no clinical justification and risking the spread of infection, evidence collected by Nursing Times suggests.
Nurses duck end of life care discussionsSubscription
It is nurses, not patients, who are reluctant to broach discussions about end of life care, a conference was told last week.
Handing the bulk of NHS commissioning powers to GPs could result in more specialist nurses being employed in the community, according to a doctor pioneering the policy.
A trust that has faced serious questions about care quality in the past year is focusing on monitoring and reducing transfers to improve safety.
CQC sets new nursing care standardsSubscription
Nurses working in care homes and the independent sector must meet tough new standards following an expansion to the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) inspection regime.
White paper ‘underestimates nurses’Subscription
Nurses’ lack of visibility in the health white paper will create “real problems”, Royal College of Nursing chief executive and general secretary Peter Carter has predicted.
Safety when giving insulin in hospitalSubscription
A Rapid Response Report by the National Patient Safety Agency outlines how risks associated with insulin administration can be minimised to prevent harm
Most of us have probably noticed that the number of older patients being admitted with complex heath needs and a degree of cognitive impairment, such as dementia, is increasing. These patients are not being admitted just to elderly care units but across many different specialties.
In the mid 1980s it wasn’t all backcombed hair and too much eyeliner. We had the miners’ strike, Thatcherism and Adam and his chuffin’ Ants. On top of that there wasn’t always much work around, so for some of us finding a “career” was a little bit random.
A Cochrane review looked at international evidence on oral nutritional supplements for older people in institutional settings and at home
All schools of nursing must have a fitness to practice committee. The different procedures that apply to trainees compared with registered nurses are discussed
While testing to ascertain whether aspiring nurses are compassionate has some value, this vital quality of nursing can and should be taught by example, argues Val Newton
Doll therapy in dementia care remains a controversial intervention but it may well provide people with sensory stimulation and purposeful activity
A training needs analysis identified a more positive approach to dementia patients was needed. This was addressed with interactive dementia awareness sessions.
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