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Issue : February 2001

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  • A guide to female urinalsSubscription

    Clinical8 February, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 06, PAGE NO: 7 Joan McIntosh, RGN, is an independent research nurse, Elmdon, Essex

  • Action research in rehabilitation care for older peopleSubscription

    Clinical1 February, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 05, PAGE NO: 37

  • 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).

  • Assessing fluid balanceSubscription

    Clinical8 February, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 06, PAGE NO: 11 Mandy Sheppard, RGN, is a training and development consultant, Kent

  • 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).

  • Bladder retrainingSubscription

    Clinical1 February, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 05, PAGE NO: 45RAY ADDISON, NURSE CONSULTANT IN BLADDER AND BOWEL DYSFUNCTION, MAYDAY HEALTHCAREJANE LOPEZ, HONORARY NURSE SPECIALIST/NURSE LECTURER, KINGSTON UNIVERSITYFor patients diagnosed with detrusor instability (motor urgency) or sensory urgency, a bladder retraining programme should be considered. The aims of bladder retraining are to increase bladder capacity and to extend the period of time between voiding.

  • Body parts and the lawSubscription

    Clinical8 February, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 06, PAGE NO: 32 Sue Woodcock, MA (medical ethics and law), BSc, RGN, is clinical development sister and renal nurse, University College London Hospitals NHS Trust For thousands of years the human body has been considered inviolable (Titmuss, 1997). As a symbol it reflects the society in which it exists, echoing its institutions and ideologies (Gold, 1996).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Detaining patients: a study of nurses' holding powersSubscription

    Clinical1 February, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 05, PAGE NO: 38Olajide Ajetunmobi, MBBS, MRCPsych, is specialist registrar in psychiatry, Brandon Mental Health Unit, Leicestershire and Rutland Healthcare NHS TrustUnder section 5(4) of the 1983 Mental Health Act, psychiatric nurses have the power to detain psychiatric inpatients who are liable to harm themselves or others. Although nurses generally agree on the usefulness of this power, studies have found that they rarely use it.

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