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Issue : February 2001

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  • In-hospital resuscitation for ward nursesSubscription

    Clinical22 February, 2001

    There are no national guidelines or standards for resuscitation facilities or training in NHS hospitals. And even though both the King’s Fund and the Clinical Negligence Scheme for trusts require the provision of resuscitation training, no content is specified.

  • Diabetes: blood glucose monitoringSubscription

    Clinical22 February, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 08, PAGE NO: 36

  • Better health care and learning disabilitySubscription

    Clinical22 February, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 08, PAGE NO: 39At the time of writing, Kay Graham, RNMH, was community nurse (learning disabilities). She is now health project facilitator, The Yorkshire Wolds and Coast Primary Care GroupThe need to raise the profile of learning disability services has been highlighted by health minister John Hutton in the document Once a Day (1999).

  • Educational input to improve documentation skillSubscription

    Clinical22 February, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 08, PAGE NO: 35

  • Hypothermia - 2 Rewarming patientsSubscription

    Clinical22 February, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 08, PAGE NO: 45

  • Infection control in nursing and residential homesSubscription

    Clinical15 February, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 07, PAGE NO: 9Kim Gunn, RGN, MPH, is public health specialist in communicable disease and infection control, North Staffordshire NHS Health Authority, Stoke on TrentEA Partnership (2000) EA Partnership and the ICNA 2000 Infection Control in esidential and Nursing Homes Training Pack. For a copy telephone 01480 497243, or e-mail:

  • Cleanliness rules okSubscription

    Clinical15 February, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 07, PAGE NO: 1Paul HateleyHealth minister Alan Milburn announced that 'ward sisters now have the authority to crack down on contractors who fail to deliver clean hospitals. They will have the clout that matrons used to have.' Inspiring talk? Not to me. It is in fact a clear admission that removing cleaning from in-house hospital-managed employees to contracting services has clearly failed.

  • Support for student training: a new role as demonstratorsSubscription

    Clinical15 February, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 07, PAGE NO: 39Marie Downes, RGN, is senior staff nurse/clinical demonstrator, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, SheffieldMany ward staff think that Project 2000 student training is heavily weighted in favour of theory, to the detriment of practical skills. This perception is open to question, but certain factors do retard the development of students' clinical skills.

  • Decontamination of nebulisersSubscription

    Clinical15 February, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 07, PAGE NO: 3Anna Edwards, BSc, RGN, is senior nurse, infection control, Royal Brompton Hospital and Harefield NHS Trust, LondonPatients with both acute and chronic respiratory conditions often require respiratory support, which necessitates the use of nebulised solutions via a variety of nebulising devices. These may facilitate the delivery of drugs, such as antibiotics and bronchodilators, or saline to aid sputum production.

  • washing hands

    Aseptic non-touch techniqueSubscription

    Clinical15 February, 2001

    Every year about 5,000 patients die unnecessarily in the UK from hospital-acquired infection (National Audit Office, 2000). Many become infected during simple procedures, such as administering intravenous drugs and managing wounds, owing to poor hand-washing and aseptic technique. Despite this, it has been shown that techniques and terminology vary greatly (Rowley, 1996).

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