Issue : March 2003
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Herpes Zoster (shingles)Subscription
Children's hospital at homeSubscription
Rugby Children’s Hospital at Home is an innovative community-based service for acutely ill children (Box 1). It enables children to be cared for at home during their illness by offering a plan of care in partnership with the child’s parents. The child is visited as frequently as needed to ensure his or her safety and according to the child’s condition (Samwell, 2000).
An introduction to blood gas analysisSubscription
Blood gas analysis is a procedure that is associated with high dependency, intensive care and respiratory units, but equipment used to carry out blood gas analysis is now commonplace on hospital wards and in some community services.
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During the past 10 years, acute mental health admission wards have come under increasing scrutiny. This has not generally cast acute wards in a positive light (Standing Nursing Midwifery Advisory Committee (SMAC), 1999), describing them for the most part as non-therapeutic and suggesting that they offer little privacy and minimal staff contact for patients.
Inhaler devices for childrenSubscription
The use of inhaled medicines for the management of asthma is common and is the preferred method of treatment (NICE, 2000a). It is recommended that bronchodilating drugs, such as beta2-agonists, which provide symptom relief, and anti-inflammatory drugs, such as corticosteroids, are administered by inhalation (NICE 2000a). However, the number of devices available can leave the practitioner and the patient confused about which is the most appropriate inhaler. Guidance from the National ...
VOL: 99, ISSUE: 10, PAGE NO: 30AETIOLOGY AND RISK FACTORS
Central venous linesSubscription
A central venous line is a device inserted into the superior vena cava or right atrium.
The routine documentation of nursing care is an everyday part of nursing practice, which provides a permanent record of the care given to a patient and the patient’s response to that care. The NMC (2002) states that good record-keeping:
SKILLS - FEEDING THE DEPENDENT PATIENTSubscription
DEPENDENT PATIENT FEEDING