Issue : August 2005
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The Liverpool Care Pathway can help to improve nursing practice
The initial testing of patients’ vision when they arrive in the eye outpatients department provides important information for the ophthalmologist. This study examines the way in which patients’ visual acuity is determined in the eye department at Kettering General Hospital and poses the hypothesis: ‘Patients who receive encouragement during visual acuity testing achieve better scores than patients who receive no encouragement.’
VOL: 101, ISSUE: 34, PAGE NO: 30Fiona Culley, LLM, BSc, RN Cert Ed, is senior lecturer, non-medical prescribing, University of Hertfordshire…
National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidelines on the management of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) in primary and secondary care (NICE, 2003) recommend involving service users in structuring services. The nurse-led MS service at University Hospital of North Staffordshire has encouraged service users to become involved in shaping services since 1998 through a partnership focus group that meets regularly and involves people with MS, carers and professionals working with them.
Figures recently released by the Health Protection Agency (2004) show that an estimated 53,000 adults were living with HIV in the UK at the end of 2003, of whom 14,300 were unaware of their infection. In 2003, there were 6,780 new diagnoses of HIV, contributing to a total of 66,554 since the epidemic began. As of September 2004, there have been 20,778 diagnoses of Aids in the UK. At least 13,033 of these people have died.
Every so often the thorny subject of student numbers - and related issues such as student support, mentorship and the quality of clinical placements - surface as matters requiring urgent attention. And having surfaced, they then usually submerge again with very little reported evidence of a permanent resolution.
This article, the first part of three, explores the normal anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system - arteries and veins - including the main arteries and veins and blood pressure recording. The heart is covered in previous articles but should be used in conjunction with this series (Docherty, 2005a; 2005b; 2005c; 2005d).
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VOL: 101, ISSUE: 33, PAGE NO: 35Lesley Murphy, BSc, RNLD, RMN, Dip CLDN, Cert CBT, is clinical nurse specialist;Lorna Cox, RN (mental health), is senior staff nurse; Danny Murphy, RN (mental health), is senior staff nurse; all at the intellectual and developmental disability service, the State Hospital, CarstairsLesley Murphy, BSc, RNLD, RMN, Dip CLDN, Cert CBT, is clinical nurse specialist;