Issue : January 2004
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VOL: 100, ISSUE: 04, PAGE NO: 50 Marion Richardson, BD, CertEd, RGN, RNT, DipN, is senior lecturer and programme leader, emergency nursing, University of Hertfordshire When an injury occurs and the skin is damaged, the process of tissue repair begins immediately, but some wounds can take up to two years or more to heal completely.
Every wound and patient is different so there is no single method for the management of acute wounds. However, there are some guiding principles that can assist in the decision-making process. Most wounds are suitable for primary closure, for example with sutures, while for other wounds closure is either delayed or not attempted (healing by secondary intention).
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Medication errors, always a focus for media attention, are of concern to the general public and medical practitioners alike. According to the Department of Health (2000) document An Organisation With a Memory 25 per cent of litigation claims relate to medication errors. This has prompted the government to set a target to reduce such errors by 40 per cent by 2005.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common disabling neurological condition in young adults in the UK (Perkin and Wolinsky, 2000). It occurs all around the world, but is more common in countries with temperate climates. The UK, Scandinavia and Iceland have the highest rates of MS in the world.
There has been a dramatic rise in the incidence of allergies in the UK in recent years. This problem is compounded by the fact that the nature of allergic disease has also become increasingly complex. Previously rare and potentially life-threatening disorders such as peanut allergy are increasingly common (Grundy et al, 2002), while growing numbers of patients have disorders affecting several systems.
It is thought that electroencephalogram (EEG) analysis may provide us with a better understanding of the dynamics of the human brain (Adeli et al, 2003) and so presumably help us understand more fully conditions such as epilepsy. However, Fowle and Binnie (2000) state that an EEG reading can be abnormal in people who do not have epilepsy and normal in people who do.
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