Issue : June 2005
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Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are recognised as effective analgesics and are used in acute and chronic pain (Bandolier, 2005). However, doubts have recently emerged over the safety profile of these commonly used medications.
Improving the management of postoperative pain.Subscription
In 1997 the Audit Commission proposed a standard that fewer than 20 per cent of patients should experience severe pain after surgery, ideally reducing to fewer than five per cent by 2002 (Audit Commission, 1997).
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Nurses, midwives and health visitors are under increasing pressure due to overwork and stress, which is compounded by the need to maintain standards of care (Allen, 2001). In addition to their clinical roles, they have a duty to facilitate student nurses’ development.
VOL: 101, ISSUE: 25, PAGE NO: 46 Elisabeth Bryant, BSc, RGN, Nurse Practitioner Diploma, CPT, is programme leader for chronic disease management, National Respiratory Training Centre, Warwick
Interstitial lung diseases (ILDs) or diffuse parenchymal lung diseases are terms used to describe around 200 acute and chronic lung disorders (Raghu and Brown, 2004). They are a heterogeneous group of disorders of the lower respiratory tract that are characterised by both acute and chronic inflammation and a generally irreversible and relentless process of fibrosis in the interstitium and the alveolar walls (air sacs in the lungs) (Riches et al, 2003).
It is estimated that 100,000 needlestick injuries occur each year in the UK, although it is suspected that many others go unreported (Unison, 2003). The risk of exposure to bloodborne viruses (BBV), in particular hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has been documented since the mid-1980s, when the first occupational exposure and subsequent seroconversion of a health care worker to HIV positive as the result of a needlestick injury was reported (Communicable ...
Epilepsy is the most common serious neurological condition and is characterised by the recurrence of epileptic seizures (Sander and Shorvon, 1996). In the UK it is estimated that as many as 440,000 people may have epilepsy, with an average of 81 new diagnoses every day (Epilepsy Action, 2005).
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Second-hand smoke: how damaging is it to health?Subscription
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