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Issue : July 2005

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  • Choosing and using disposable body-worn continence padsSubscription

    Clinical19 July, 2005

    VOL: 101, ISSUE: 29, PAGE NO: 50Rachel Gilbert, RN, DipN, is continence nurse specialist, Kingston Primary Care Trust Older People's Services, Tolworth Hospital, Tolworth, SurreyDisposable, body-worn pads are the product most commonly chosen to contain and absorb urine and faeces (Pomfret, 2000). The cost to the NHS of supplying continence pads has been estimated at £80 million per annum (Euromonitor, 1999) and is a huge financial burden on local services.

  • Audit of a pathway for childhood idiopathic constipationSubscription

    Clinical19 July, 2005

    VOL: 101, ISSUE: 29, PAGE NO: 59

  • Improvement of medicines management in hospitalsSubscription

    Clinical19 July, 2005

    Medicines management is a term that encapsulates all the steps involved in administering a drug. The Audit Commission (2001) describes these steps as:

  • Management of postoperative urinary retentionSubscription

    Clinical19 July, 2005

    VOL: 101, ISSUE: 29, PAGE NO: 53 Jackie Williamson, RGN, is senior staff nurse, Stracathro Hospital, Brechin, Angus, Scotland Clinical governance has been described as ‘the total of all factors that make the National Health Service, and the place in which you work, safe (Lilley, 1999). 

  • Nocturia and older peopleSubscription

    Clinical19 July, 2005

    VOL: 101, ISSUE: 29, PAGE NO: 46 Sharon Eustice, MSc, BPhil, RN, DN, is nurse consultant for continence, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Health Community; Adrian Wragg, MB, FRCP, is consultant and senior lecturer in geriatric medicine, University College Hospitals, London

  • Putting on glovesSubscription

    Clinical19 July, 2005

    The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) places a responsibility on employers to provide a safe working environment for employees. The provision of personal protective equipment is included in Health and Safety Executive (1992) regulations. Employers have a responsibility to provide appropriate protective equipment such as gloves, while staff have a responsibility to use the protective equipment to prevent injury or harm.

  • Are ward sisters and charge nurses able to fulfil their role?Subscription

    Clinical19 July, 2005

    AIM: To investigate the self-reported duties carried out by sisters and charge nurses working on the wards and to assess the attitudes of these health care professionals towards their management role.

  • An introduction to stomas: Reasons for their formationSubscription

    Clinical19 July, 2005

    VOL: 101, ISSUE: 29, PAGE NO: 63 Penny Taylor, RN, SCM, Dip Aromatherapy, Cert. Counselling, is clinical nurse specialist, Stoma Care Service, South Birmingham Primary Care Trust, Springfield’s Centre, Birmingham

  • The effects and management of crack cocaine dependenceSubscription

    Clinical19 July, 2005

    A significant development took place in the 1970s when cocaine was chemically altered to produce a smokeable version - now known as crack. The use of crack has risen significantly, partly because it is relatively easy to make and also because of its highly addictive properties. The British Crime Survey reported a significant increase in cocaine use between 1996 and 1998 in the 16-29 age groups - seizures of cocaine, including crack, rose by 32 per cent during this period (Home Office, ...

  • Using alcohol handrubsSubscription

    Clinical12 July, 2005

    Handwashing can be time consuming and may not be possible in all circumstances. The application of alcohol rubs to the hands is a fast, simple and effective method of reducing micro-organisms present on the hands.

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