Issue : January 2004
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Bowel management - particularly digital rectal examination (DRE) and the manual removal of faeces - has been a contentious issue for some time. In the past few years this has been brought to the fore by a number of cases of professional misconduct by nurses.
In primary and community health care settings, long-term (>28 days) urinary catheterisation (LTC) is most commonly used in managing older people and those with neurological conditions. Studies suggest that in the UK LTC is used in 0.5 per cent of people aged 75 or over (Kohler-Ockmore and Feneley, 1996) and in four per cent of people receiving domiciliary care (Getliffe and Mulhall, 1991).
Toilets and continence play critical roles in the lives of people who care for a relative at home. Issues around toileting are central to the relationship between the carer and the person being cared for, with the bathroom often becoming the most important place in the house.
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The emphasis on lifelong learning is clearly evident in government policy from 1997, with most progressive organisations encouraging the implementation of lifelong leaning approaches as an integral part of staff development (Marchington and Wilkinson, 2002).
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VOL: 100, ISSUE: 01, PAGE NO: 40 Sue Watkinson, PhD, MSc, PGCEA, BA, RN, is senior lecturer, research studies, Thames Valley University, London Eileen Scott, BSc, RN, RM, Higher Award in Nursing, DipN, is sister, Central Eye Service, Central Middlesex Hospital, North West London Hospitals Trust Ophthalmic and general nurse practitioners are currently addressing the changing role of nursing practice.
The fact that smoking is harmful to health is well known by both health professionals and the general public: