All posts from: September 2013
An emphasis on compassion could actually be dangerous to the NHS, according to a medical ethics expert.
A study by the Health Service Ombudsman found shortcomings in initial assessment and delay in emergency treatment which have led to missed opportunities to save lives.
Nurses and other frontline NHS staff are being asked to tell their patients their name, as part of a campaign launched by a terminally ill doctor on Twitter.
Most of us were taught to wash our hands before a meal but how many patients confined to their bedside are given the opportunity to wash their hands before eating?Do you offer patients a hand wipe or bowl to clean their hands?Do you have time?
I recently spoke to an experienced nurse who was reprimanded for sitting on a patient’s bed. She was looking after a person with dementia who was crying and sat on the bed so she could give her a hug.Is this a distraction from the real issue of ensuring staff clean their hands?