Issue : April 2005
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Thrombolysis has achieved startling improvements in cardiac mortality over the last few years and has traditionally been the first-line treatment for patients presenting with ST-segment elevation. Recently, new preparations have meant thrombolysis can be given more quickly and easily, in many cases even before the patient arrives at the hospital. The patient usually has an angiogram, angioplasty or stent insertion at a later date.
VOL: 101, ISSUE: 14, PAGE NO: 26What is schistosomiasis?
VOL: 101, ISSUE: 14, PAGE NO: 47Liz Darlison, BSc, RN, FETC, is nurse consultant, The University Hospitals of LeicesterAccess to service
VOL: 101, ISSUE: 14, PAGE NO: 57 Trevor Phillips, BSc, Dip Grad Phys, SRP, is clinical specialist physiotherapist, Physiotherapy Department, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth
Choice is often restricted for people with learning difficulties. Food choice is an integral part of our life - it is often an unconscious process that is taken for granted. However, people with intellectual difficulties are often prevented from making choices about food because they do not have the means to do so. Jenkinson (1993) summarised these difficulties in three broad categories:
VOL: 101, ISSUE: 14, PAGE NO: 50 Samantha Prigmore, MSc, RGN, is respiratory nurse consultant, St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust, London Breathlessness is a subjective experience, which has been described as an unpleasant or uncomfortable awareness of breathing, or of the need to breathe (Gift, 1990).
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Stroke is the third biggest killer in the UK, behind heart disease and cancer (Wolfe et al, 1996), and the single largest cause of serious disability. A transient ischaemic attack (TIA) is a temporary, stroke-like event in which symptoms last no longer than 24 hours. A TIA increases the future risk of stroke sevenfold (ONS, 2001).