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Clinical News In Brief

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News In Brief

- ICU patients cleaned daily with chlorhexidine gluconate are less likely to contract primary bloodstream infections than those washed in soap and water, say US researchers. A 12-month study of 836 patients showed soap and water use resulted in 10.4 infections per 1,000 patient days, compared with 4.1 for the antiseptic solution.
Archives of Internal Medicine (2007) 167: 2073–2079

- LPC Medical has issued an urgent recall of ibuprofen 200mg, 400mg and 600mg tablets, with batch numbers 19348/0003, 0004 and 0051. The tablets do not meet UK regulators’ standards.

- A&E nurses should ask open-ended questions to encourage abused women to reveal domestic violence, according to US and Canadian researchers. They suggested staff should pose questions not in a negative way but should be empathic, voice concern and always check the patient was not in danger.
Annals of Internal Medicine (2007) 147: 620–627

- Half of UK students could be exposing themselves to hepatitis C, according to a survey conducted at UK freshers’ weeks. Two in three were also unaware of the symptoms. The Hepatitis C Trust said the results were ‘worrying’ and called for greater awareness.

- Early discharge from paediatric intensive care raises the risk of readmission and poor outcomes in infants with whooping cough, warn New Zealand researchers. They studied 72 children in PICUs with pertussis over four years.
Archives of Disease in Childhood (2007) 92: 970–975

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