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Issue : March 2006

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  • The diagnosis of brainstem death and its implications.Subscription

    Clinical28 March, 2006

    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

    Clinical28 March, 2006

    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).

  • Exploring staff nurses' views on professional development.Subscription

    Clinical28 March, 2006

    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

    Clinical28 March, 2006

    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).

  • Auditing possible side-effects of atypical antipsychotics.Subscription

    Clinical28 March, 2006

    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.

  • Acute epiglottitis.Subscription

    Clinical28 March, 2006

    VOL: 102, ISSUE: 13, PAGE NO: 31

  • Nurse-led triage in general practiceSubscription

    Clinical28 March, 2006

    VOL: 102, ISSUE: 13, PAGE NO: 42 Kathryn Godfrey

  • Chlamydia Screening: Making a case for including menSubscription

    Clinical28 March, 2006

    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

    Clinical28 March, 2006

    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

    Clinical28 March, 2006

    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...

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