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Issue : January 2004

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  • The need to protect children from second-hand tobacco smokeSubscription

    Clinical1 January, 2004

    Sinead Jones, PhD, MPHDirector, BMA Tobacco Control Resource Centre, EdinburghSecond-hand tobacco smoke is the main source of indoor air pollution in the UK. This chemical cocktail contains more than 50 ingredients which cause cancer. Yet, even though for two decades scientific evidence has demonstrated that exposure to second-hand smoke is harmful, children are still exposed every day.

  • The patient experience of receiving bad news from health professionalsSubscription

    Clinical1 January, 2004

    People always remember being given bad news, no matter how well it is delivered. Health-care professionals have a responsibility to minimise the trauma of this experience by being well prepared (Radziewicz and Baile, 2001).

  • How a personal account contributes to nurse knowledge: Rachel's storySubscription

    Clinical1 January, 2004

    Joan Livesley, BSc, MA, RSCN.Lecturer, University of SalfordStory-telling is an important tool for nurses seeking to explore and discover the meanings of their own personal and professional experience and the experiences of those with whom they work.

  • Returning home after surgerySubscription

    Clinical1 January, 2004

    Jill Riley, MSc, BA (Hons), RN, RM.

  • Surgical management of aortic and mitral valve disease: an overviewSubscription

    Clinical1 January, 2004

    Rachel Matthews, MSc, RGN. Lead Patient Care Adviser for Extending Choice in Heart Surgery, Cardiac and Renal Services, Barts and the London NHS Trust

  • A campaign to raise awareness of microalbuminuria screeningSubscription

    Clinical1 January, 2004

    Heather Daly, Nurse Consultant - Diabetes.University Hospitals of Leicester NHS TrustDiabetes could cost you your kidneys: act now! was the slogan for this year's World Diabetes Day. Nurses around the world have been taking part in a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of microalbuminuria screening.

  • Raising awareness and reducing the risk of needlestick injuriesSubscription

    Clinical1 January, 2004

    Joanna C. Trim, BSc, RN. Clinical Skills Trainer, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust

  • Contraceptive choices that workSubscription

    Clinical1 January, 2004

    Freda Barber, BSc (Hons), RN, RM.

  • The properties of hydrogel dressings and their impact on wound healingSubscription

    Clinical1 January, 2004

    Karen Lay-Flurrie, RN, Staff Nurse. Windsor Wing Day Hospital, Hemel Hempstead General Hospital, Hertfordshire, and student on the BSc (Hons) programme at the University of Hertfordshire This paper examines the composition and properties of amorphous hydrogels. 

  • A fracture liaison service for patients with osteoporotic fracturesSubscription

    Clinical1 January, 2004

    Mayrine Fraser, BSc, RGN.Osteoporosis Nurse SpecialistOsteoporosis is characterised by low bone mass and microarchitectural deterioration of bone tissue, leading to enhanced bone fragility and a consequent increase in fracture risk. The disease presents clinically as fractures that occur at any site in the skeleton and typically occur with minimal trauma (World Health Organization, 1994).

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