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: 55 Joanne Withers, RN, DipHE, wrote this article while a staff nurse in the cardiac critical care unit, North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary. She is now a senior staff nurse, cardiac services, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Wolverhampton
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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
VOL: 101, ISSUE: 25, PAGE NO: 38 Debra Fairley, MSc, Post Grad Cert, BSC, RGN, is critical care nurse consultant Jake Timothy, FRCS, FRCS (SN), MBBS, EANS Part A, is consultant neurosurgeon; Juliette Cosgrove, Post Grad Dip, MA, BSc, RGN, is critical care nurse consultant; all at The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Second-hand smoke: how damaging is it to health?Subscription
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