Issue : January 2011
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Silver alloy catheters may cut UTIsSubscription
Silver-alloy urinary catheters may reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections compared with silicone or latex urinary catheters in adult inpatients.
Preventative antibiotics cut infection riskSubscription
Giving critically ill patients antibiotics as a preventative measure significantly cuts infection risk, according to scientists.
Continence conference to be held in MaySubscription
The ACA’s 2011 annual conference and exhibition will be held in Harrogate at the Majestic Hotel on 9-10 May 2011.
Take part in a survey on continence educationSubscription
The ACA and the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit (Glasgow Caledonian University) are asking clinicians who have qualified within the past two years how their training prepared them to treat patients with continence problems.
New online resource on cardiovascular healthSubscription
A new interactive website has been launched to help nurses educate patients to improve their cardiovascular health.
“Energy drinks could be dangerous for children and teenagers,” The Daily Telegraph has reported. The newspaper said that the use of high-caffeine drinks has been linked to “seizures, mania, stroke and sudden death”.
“Lack of sleep is a ‘ticking time bomb’,” The Independent reported. The newspaper said that people who regularly sleep less than six hours a night “have a 48 per cent greater chance of developing or dying from heart disease”.
“Hearing loss could be an ‘early warning’ for dementia,” reported The Daily Telegraph. It said that this finding from a new study “could lead to early interventions against Alzheimer’s disease”.
“A drug used to lower blood pressure could harm patients if given following a stroke,” reported The Daily Telegraph. It said a study of 2,000 stroke patients, who all had high blood pressure, found that the drug did not benefit the patients “and may actually be harmful”.
Shadow minister for public health, Diane Abbott, wonders if there is a systematic reason why neglect of older people in the NHS continues to happen