Issue : March 2001
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Don't quit while you're aheadSubscription
Nursing Times should be applauded for its brilliant ‘No Butts’ campaign, which ended a few weeks ago. It did my heart good to read the stories of nurses who were kicking the habit, and it will do their hearts even more good.
National evidence-based guidelines for preventing hospital-acquired infections were commissioned recently by the Department of Health (Pratt et al, 2001). These guidelines impact on the activities of all health care practitioners working in hospitals.
Diabetic retinopathy is a common cause of blindness in people of working age in the western world. Early detection and treatment is essential to maintain visual acuity, so annual screening is recommended. But this needs to be carried out more frequently in the presence of abnormalities (British Diabetic Association, 1995; American Diabetes Association, 1988).
Coaching for health care assistantsSubscription
VOL: 97, ISSUE: 12, PAGE NO: 45
VOL: 97, ISSUE: 12, PAGE NO: 38 Alison Hill, MSc, RGN, DipHV, is service development manager, Macmillan Cancer Relief
Stoma care - 1(a) Cutting a templateSubscription
VOL: 97, ISSUE: 12, PAGE NO: 43CHRIS METCALF, GASTROENTEROLOGY ENDOSCOPY NURSE SPECIALIST, WEST HERTS NHS TRUST, WATFORD GENERAL HOSPITAL.A variety of conditions may necessitate the formation of a colostomy or an ileostomy: carcinoma, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, diverticular disease, colonic obstruction, bowel ischaemia, anorectal incontinence, trauma and radiation damage.
Better quality of care for UGI cancer patientsSubscription
VOL: 97, ISSUE: 12, PAGE NO: 36
Judgement on the road to advocacySubscription
VOL: 97, ISSUE: 12, PAGE NO: 35Phil Barker PhD RNTwenty years ago, some nurses at an English psychiatric hospital were dismissed for their part in an uprising. They harmed only themselves, but the fire from their insubordination lit up the psychiatric sky, albeit briefly. Their senior nursing officer answered their call for support and was also dismissed.
Practical aspects of stoma careSubscription
VOL: 97, ISSUE: 12, PAGE NO: 40Elaine Armstrong, RGN, is clinical nurse specialist in stoma care at the Royal Free Hospital NHS Trust, LondonThe word stoma comes from the Greek word meaning 'mouth or opening', and a stoma can be created from any segment of bowel, both large (colon) and small (ileum). Stomas are created for a range of reasons, including cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, trauma and as an elective or emergency procedure.
Sexual health and the respiratory patientSubscription
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