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Effective mouth care is essential for patients’ dignity and can help prevent healthcare-acquired pneumonia. This article identifies suitable mouth care products for hospital patients
Effective oral hygiene and denture care are crucial for patients’ health, and a fundamental nursing responsibility. This article describes principles and techniques of good mouth care
What are the benefits of continuous respiratory rate monitoring? This final article in our six-part series on respiratory rate looks at the potential benefits of new technology to help detect deterioration
At Aintree University Hospital, advanced nurse practitioners working in the acute medical unit receive training in lumbar puncture and are now training junior doctors
Clinical specialist nurses at Leeds Cancer Centre have developed an electronic form that increases the use and quality of holistic needs assessments for cancer patients
A simple clinical assessment by experienced nurses is “superior” to systematic triage in prediction of mortality in the emergency department, according to Danish researchers.
Urodynamic investigations provide an objective evaluation of lower urinary tract dysfunction in children. This article covers bladder diaries, uroflowmetry and cystometry
Ascites is a distressing symptom and is often indicative of decompensated liver cirrhosis, so it requires careful management and empathetic care. This article comes with a self-assessment enabling you to test your knowledge after reading it
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust has been returned to “special measures” after its latest inspection by regulators, who identified safety concerns.
After a redesign of Scottish school nursing services led to patchy provision of support for children and young people with nocturnal enuresis, the ‘GIRFEC’ approach offers a template for standardising services
How can respiratory rate assessment help identify community-acquired pneumonia and sepsis? This is the fifth in our six-part series on respiratory rate
After involving a range of stakeholders, NHS Improvement has published new guidance on definition and measurement of pressure ulcers, to reduce disparities in reporting
Part 2 of this two-part series on injection techniques describes the evidence base and procedure for administering a subcutaneous injection
The fourth article in our series on respiratory rate is a guide to the assessment of breathing rhythm and chest movement, which provide important information on a patient’s condition
The case study of a man in his early 20s with continence problems illustrates how young adults need support and understanding to self-manage bowel and bladder issues
Part 1 of this two-part series on injection techniques describes the evidence base and procedure for administering an intramuscular injection
What is the procedure for accurately measuring patients’ respiratory rate? What are its limitations? This is the third article in our six-part series on the respiratory rate
Nail treatments do not affect readings of patients’ oxygen levels, despite widespread concern, according to researchers from Ireland.
Respiratory rate is a vital sign but is often not recorded. This article, the second in a six-part series, explains the anatomy and physiology of breathing and how it is affected by ill health
Diagnostic imaging professionals should routinely check for and report all vertebral fractures, according to new guidance, which says early identification could reduce unnecessary GP appointments and save the NHS huge amounts of time and money.
This article, the last in our six-part series on communication skills, discusses how to respond to and de-escalate difficult situations
A comprehensive baseline continence assessment will inform diagnosis and treatment. This article provides a step-by-step guide to the key elements of continence assessment, and comes with a self-assessment, enabling you to test your knowledge after reading it
Unintended weight loss is the second highest risk factor for some forms of cancer, according to the UK authors of the first “robust” research analysis to examine the link between the two.
New multi-disciplinary centres designed to speed up cancer diagnosis are to be trialled in 10 areas in England, it was announced today.
The respiratory rate is an essential observation but is often not recorded. This article, the first in a six-part series looking at the importance of this vital sign, explains why nurses need to measure and record it
This article, the fifth in a six-part series on communication skills, discusses effective listening and observation skills
The National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death undertook a study to ascertain aspects of care that could be improved for patients receiving non-invasive ventilation
This article, the fourth in a six-part series on communication skills, discusses unintentional communication produced by factors such as our appearance and environment
Older adults who are also frail are twice as likely to experience delirium following elective surgery than others of an older age, a new review by Canadian researchers suggests.
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This article, the third of a six-part series on communication skills, discusses body language and non-verbal communication
Basing specialist nurses trained in “transitional care” within the accident and emergency department can significantly reduce the number of admissions among older patients, according to a US study.
A patient’s history of past falls can help predict their risk of bone fractures, independent of bone mineral density and other clinical factors, according to researchers.
This article, the second in a six-part series on communication skills, a discusses the barriers to effective communication and how to overcome them
External fixator devices often cause pin site infection. Thorough care and assessment of pin sites, and prompt treatment of infection, are needed. This article is accompanied by a self-assessment questionnaire so you can test your knowledge after reading it
Hospital nurses could do more to identity the needs of the most vulnerable patients when they are admitted, suggests a new report on frailty in acute care.
Intravenous fluid therapy is sometimes needed to restore homoeostasis and prevent organ failure. This overview of intravenous fluid use is accompanied by a self-assessment questionnaire so you can test your knowledge after reading it
This article, the first of a six-part series on communication skills, discusses the benefits of effective communication for patients and staff
The regulator NHS Improvement has today launched a patient safety checklist for accident and emergency departments that is designed to improve efficiency and outcomes this winter.
A new tool that could transform risk assessment for pressure ulcers has been shown to be reliable when used by both expert and non-specialist nurses in hospitals and the community, according to the findings of an initial trial.
Patients deemed to be at the highest risk of developing type 2 diabetes should be offered a place on an intensive lifestyle change programme, according to latest guidance.
A further 19 hospitals in England are to receive a tranche of extra funding for emergency care over the coming winter, the government has announced.
Pain assessment in trauma and orthopaedic patients is complicated by the fact that many cannot communicate verbally. Observing behaviour is key and using observational tools can help. This article is accompanied by a self-assessment questionnaire so you can test your knowledge after reading it
This article, the final part in a four-part series, describes the rationale and procedure for collecting a sputum specimen
Health professionals should “suspect endometriosis” in women presenting with chronic pelvic pain, according to latest clinical guidance on the condition.
Frailty prior to admission appears to be the key factor affecting negative outcomes among older patients who have experienced trauma, a Canadian study has highlighted.
Middle-aged people who report that they are slow walkers could be at higher risk of heart disease compared to the general population, according to UK researchers.
A Welsh health board has been strongly criticised for its failure to consider the dignity and human rights of a patient, who died on a trolley while waiting for a bed at Gwynedd Hospital.
Older cancer patients and their carers often differ in their assessment of physical ability, with caregivers generally rating the patient’s physical function as poorer, according to a study.
This article, the third in a four-part series, describes the procedure for collecting a faecal specimen from a patient with diarrhoea
This article, the second in a four-part series, describes the procedure for collecting a catheter specimen of urine