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Royal Marsden updates nursing manual

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An updated edition of the Royal Marsden Hospital Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures has been published.

The eighth edition, which replaces the version published in 2008, comes in a new format that organises 19 chapters into four key stages of patient care.

It also includes four extra chapters on advanced practice procedures: haematological procedures; radionuclide investigations and therapy; cytotoxic therapy and the insertion and management of vascular access devices.

The format of the new manual is based around the four stages of the patient’s hospital experience:

  • Managing the patient journey: the context of nursing; assessment, discharge and end of life care; infection prevention and control; risk management.
  • Supporting the patient with human functioning: communication; elimination; moving and positioning; nutrition, fluid balance and blood transfusion; patient comfort; respiratory care.
  • Supporting the patient through the diagnostic process: interpreting diagnostic tests; haematological procedures; observations; radionuclide investigations and therapy.
  • Supporting the patient through treatment: cytotoxic therapy; medicines management; perioperative care; vascular access devices: insertion and management; wound management.

The manual was edited by Lisa Dougherty, nurse consultant in intravenous therapy at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, and Sara Lister, assistant chief nurse and head of The Royal Marsden School of Cancer Nursing and Rehabilitation.

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