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Behind the Rituals

Why do you do the things you do? How much of nursing practice is based on ritual and myth and how much on sound evidence? If you have a ritual you’d like to discuss here, email

All posts from: June 2013

Is physical restraint over-used?

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 24 Jun 2013

Nearly 40,000 incidents of physical restraint on mental health patients in England were recorded in one year - with more than 3,000 in the “dangerous” face-down position - according to figures released by Mind.

Should falls be a “never event”? Or are some falls inevitable?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 17 Jun 2013

All hospital patients aged over 65 should be considered to be at high risk of falling and have an appropriate care plan drawn up, according to guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Does current nurse education reflect government aims to provide more care in the community?

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 10 Jun 2013

They have warned of “widespread and significant” concerns over the number of district nurses currently being educated, stating that there simply are not enough coming through to replace those who are retiring.

Do patients receive less care at the weekends?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 3 Jun 2013

New research has shown that patients who have elective surgery later in the week and at the weekend have a greater risk of dying. Previous studies have found there to be a significantly higher risk of death if patients are admitted as an emergency over the weekend compared with a weekday.