Issue : January 2004
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In any environment occupied by humans, microbes will be present in varying numbers (Collins, 1988). They enter the environment through a variety of routes, for instance, in body fluids, faeces, the respiratory route, and skin scales that have been shed. Dust is a hazard because it is largely made up of skin scales, and they are constantly being shed into the environment.
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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.
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).
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.
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Jill Riley, MSc, BA (Hons), RN, RM.
Rachel Matthews, MSc, RGN. Lead Patient Care Adviser for Extending Choice in Heart Surgery, Cardiac and Renal Services, Barts and the London NHS Trust