Issue : February 2001
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In-hospital resuscitation for ward nursesSubscription
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
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Better health care and learning disabilitySubscription
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
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Hypothermia - 2 Rewarming patientsSubscription
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cleanliness rules okSubscription
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.
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
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.
Aseptic non-touch techniqueSubscription
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).
Hypothermia - 1 AssessmentSubscription
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Managing type 2 diabetes: a dynamic approachSubscription
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Keeping nurses nursing: a quantitative analysisSubscription
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Making sense of probioticsSubscription
VOL: 97, ISSUE: 07, PAGE NO: 40Diane Palmer, BSc, RN, PGCE, is lecturer in nursing, University of HullPamela Barker, RN, is nutrition nurse specialist, Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS TrustThe term probiotic was first described by Fuller (1991) as 'a live microbial feed supplement which beneficially affects the host animal by improving its microbial balance.'
A guide to female urinalsSubscription
VOL: 97, ISSUE: 06, PAGE NO: 7 Joan McIntosh, RGN, is an independent research nurse, Elmdon, Essex
Body parts and the lawSubscription
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).
VOL: 97, ISSUE: 06, PAGE NO: 1Eileen ShepherdImagine you are in pain and you cannot tolerate even the smallest change in position. Then to compound your problems you get the urge to pass urine. You hold on for as long as you can but eventually you ask for a bedpan. The nurse brings a standard hospital bedpan, but trying to sit on it only intensifies the pain and eventually you give up. The nurse suggests a catheter as the only alternative, and reluctantly you agree.
VOL: 97, ISSUE: 06, PAGE NO: 10Helen White, RGN, RHV, is director of PromoCon 2001 and nurse researcher, continence, Northumbria Healthcare NHS TrustPromoCon 2001 is a national initiative that aims to promote continence and product awareness through its work with the main continence organisations and the Disabled Living Centres Council.
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Assessing fluid balanceSubscription
VOL: 97, ISSUE: 06, PAGE NO: 11 Mandy Sheppard, RGN, is a training and development consultant, Kent