Category list : Assessment
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A free mobile phone application has been launched to provide nurses and other clinicians in hospitals with a simple to use way of identifying high risk surgical patients.
Using pulse oximetry to assess oxygen levelsSubscription
Pulse oximetry is a vital tool in patient assessment. Nurses must use the correct procedure and be aware of situations where accuracy of reading may be compromised
Healthy patients should need “few, if any” tests before undergoing planned surgery, according to updated official guidance for the NHS, which highlights the increasing role of nurse-led assessments.
Assessing the health of homeless peopleSubscription
Guidance developed by the Queen’s Nursing Institute advises nurses how they can assess the health of homeless patients and ensure they receive the care they need
Since nurses have a duty to keep clear and accurate records, they need to know how to measure and document wounds in order to track their progress to healing
Knowing how to control wound pain effectively is an important aspect of wound care, since poorly managed pain can significantly impede the healing process
Reducing the risk of inpatient fallsSubscription
A national audit of inpatient falls provides the first overview of whether trusts and health boards are complying with guidance on falls assessment and prevention
Nurses need to assess the patient holistically when devising an effective treatment plan. Assessment tools help with accurate monitoring of the wound’s progress
PhD student and staff nurse Liz questions the ethics behind collecting patient feedback if services don’t change or improve as a result
'Nurses key to success of new care models'Subscription
The end of September is upon us, department stores are already stocking Christmas decorations and health policy experts are warning that winter is on the way.