Issue : June 2004
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Modern matrons were introduced to the NHS in 2001 to take a lead in improving aspects of patient care.
Although there is growing evidence of the risk posed to health care professionals by sharps injuries, many nurses still believe themselves to be at low risk and fail to recognise the potential consequences of these injuries (Leliopoulou et al, 1999). This lack of awareness may be due to the lack of statistical information on the subject, although the issue was mentioned in speeches by both the RCN general secretary Beverly Malone and the health secretary John Reid at the 2004 RCN annual ...
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The pan-Avon region (south west) has employed clinical education facilitators since 2000. This is in response to recommendations set out in Making a Difference (Department of Health, 1999) and Fitness for Practice (UKCC, 1999), and because the University of the West of England (UWE) was chosen as one of 15 pilot sites for a new nursing curriculum in September 2000. Clinical education facilitators are funded by the local workforce development confederation (WDC) and are employed within ...
The number of health care-associated infections has increased over the years and generated a lot of interest and concern. The attention tends to be focused on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), but the less publicised Clostridium difficile is a growing problem. It increases length of hospital stay, causes significant morbidity in patients, affects nurses’ workloads, adds to the cost of cleaning, laundry and disposables, and can lead to ward closures. All NHS trusts ...
The term female genital mutilation (FGM) refers to all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-therapeutic reasons.
There is a popular perception that women in ‘developed’ countries enjoy an equal existence to men across a range of sociocultural issues, including health. There are assumptions that women now ‘have it all’ in terms of employment and careers, excellent childcare provision, and lifestyle choices. In short, the general view is that the equality battle has been won and the word ‘feminist’ has been consigned to the distant past.
Gastrointestinal haemorrhage may be associated with an underlying disease state or trauma, or it may arise as a rare complication of investigative procedures such as diagnostic endoscopy.
Measles is caused by the paramyxovirus which spreads through airborne droplets. The disease has an incubation period of between six and 19 days. People with measles are usually infectious for one to two days before the rash appears but the total period during which an individual is infectious is not known. Download a print-friendly PDF file of this article here
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