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Issue : December 2005

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  • perioperative care

    The evidence base for using preoperative antisepticsSubscription

    Clinical13 December, 2005

    When questioning whether a practice is based on evidence, it is worth thinking the unthinkable. In the context of this article it means asking if preoperative preparation is really necessary.

  • The Liver - Part 3: investigations of liver functionSubscription

    Clinical13 December, 2005

    VOL: 101, ISSUE: 50, PAGE NO: 24Helen L. Day, MSc, BSc, RGN, RSCN, DipN, is paediatric critical care clinical educator and outreach facilitatorRachel M. Taylor, MSc, RGN, RSCN, DipRes, is nurse researcher; both at the Paediatric Liver Centre, King’s College Hospital, LondonPart 3 outlines blood tests (Malarkey and McMorrow, 2000; Siconolfi, 1995) and more complex tests.

  • The role of the link teacher in the context of nurse educationSubscription

    Clinical13 December, 2005

    The issue of whether nursing theory can influence clinical practice has been widely debated in the UK (Humphreys et al, 2000; Newton and Smith, 1998; UKCC, 1986). The role of the link teacher in nurse education was introduced to help facilitate a link between theory and practice in the clinical setting (Crotty, 1993). An effective clinical environment is viewed as highly beneficial in the promotion of this vital association (Saarikoski and Leino-Kilpi, 2002).

  • Using early troponin I testing to improve cardiac careSubscription

    Clinical13 December, 2005

    Debra Lynch, RGN, is discharge coordinator

  • Use and practice implications of modified-release medicinesSubscription

    Clinical13 December, 2005

    Extended nurse prescribing will make a significant difference to practice across the country, and should benefit both health care professionals and patients. It is therefore vital that nurses understand the particular issues regarding the prescription of modified-release drugs and transdermal strong opioids to ensure safe prescribing and administration.

  • LymphomaSubscription

    Clinical13 December, 2005

    All about lymphomas …

  • The Liver - Part 2: physiologySubscription

    Clinical6 December, 2005

    VOL: 101, ISSUE: 49, PAGE NO: 22

  • Importance of early referral in sudden loss of hearingSubscription

    Clinical6 December, 2005

    Aim: To examine the personal and clinical characteristics of patients suffering from sudden hearing loss.

  • How to improve the safety of patients treated in the NHSSubscription

    Clinical6 December, 2005

    A huge number of patients successfully access health care services in the UK - each day more than one million are treated by the NHS alone. However, it is estimated that 10 per cent of patients admitted to the NHS are harmed unintentionally (National Audit Office, 2005).

  • Detecting hyperprolactinaemia in mental health patientsSubscription

    Clinical6 December, 2005

    Antipsychotic drug use has been associated with impaired sexual functioning for almost 40 years (Shader and Grinspoon, 1967). A recent survey showed that at least one symptom of sexual dysfunction was reported by 82 per cent of men and 96 per cent of women who had a diagnosis of schizophrenia (MacDonald, 2003).

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