Issue : March 2006
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Until relatively recently the definition of death was a cessation of breathing and the absence of a pulse (Dimond, 2004). However, artificial ventilation can now maintain respiratory function, external chest compressions can maintain circulation and cardiac defibrillation can restore the heart to a functioning rhythm. This means that people who would previously have been considered dead are now seen as being in need of urgent medical attention, which can result in them being kept alive ...
Removal of chest drains.Subscription
Chest drains are inserted to allow the removal of air, blood or fluids from the thoracic cavity and prevent them from re-entering (Gray, 2000).
VOL: 102, ISSUE: 13, PAGE NO: 36 Janet Wood, MSc, CertEd, BMed Sci, RGN, is professional development adviser, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Implementing the role of the community matronSubscription
Approximately 17.5 million people in the UK are living with a long-term condition (Department of Health, 2005a). Part of the government strategy to improve outcomes for people living with long-term conditions was the introduction of the community matron (CM) role (DH, 2004).
Schizophrenia is now treated with new medications that are commonly called atypical antipsychotics. These have a reduced incidence of extrapyramidal side-effects and unpleasant symptoms and should result in increased concordance with medication and improved psychosocial outcomes (McDonald and Murray, 1998). Unfortunately, this type of medication can cause a number of side-effects that are predominantly physical.
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Nurse-led triage in general practiceSubscription
VOL: 102, ISSUE: 13, PAGE NO: 42 Kathryn Godfrey
VOL: 102, ISSUE: 13, PAGE NO: 44Debbie Holland, RGN MSc, is lead nurse, Pulse Project, Camden PCT, LondonChlamydia trachomatis is the most common curable bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) and a well-document...
Diagnosis and management of lymphoedemaSubscription
VOL: 102, ISSUE: 13, PAGE NO: 47 Brenda King, MMedSci, BSc, DN, RGN, is clinical nurse specialist, tissue viability, Sheffield South West PCT
What makes the perfect mentor?Subscription
VOL: 102, ISSUE: 13, PAGE NO: 52Ann ShuttleworthTraining to become an independent prescriber is a significant undertaking. While nurses can rely on their own effor...