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Issue : October 2001

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  • When there's no time to nurseSubscription

    Clinical25 October, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 43, PAGE NO: 29Phil Barker, PhD, RNNursing is either dying or dead on its feet. I haven't quite worked it out yet, but my reading of the runes is that there isn't much to choose between these two dire scenarios.

  • Patient positioning and its effect on brain oxygenationSubscription

    Clinical25 October, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 43, PAGE NO: 30

  • Critical care outreach teams - a prayer answered?Subscription

    Clinical25 October, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 43, PAGE NO: 34Peter Groom, RGN, is charge nurse, outreach team for ICUs, Southampton University Hospitals NHS TrustThe intensive care unit (ICU) has long been seen as a 'no go area' within hospitals, where the staff are elitist and the doors are shut. It functions as a separate entity to the wards and the hospital it serves, acting in isolation from departments that supply and siphon its patients. But all this is changing.

  • A proactive approach to preventing abuseSubscription

    Clinical25 October, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 43, PAGE NO: 32

  • How to use medical devices safelySubscription

    Clinical25 October, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 43, PAGE NO: 36

  • Insertion of an oropharyngeal airwaySubscription

    Clinical25 October, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 43, PAGE NO: 39PHIL JEVON, RESUSCITATION OFFICER, MANOR HOSPITAL, WALSALL; JAGTAR SINGH POONI, CONSULTANT IN ANAESTHESIA AND INTENSIVE CARE, CITY HOSPITAL, BIRMINGHAMPHIL JEVON, RESUSCITATION OFFICER, MANOR HOSPITAL, WALSALL; JAGTAR SINGH POONI, CONSULTANT IN ANAESTHESIA AND INTENSIVE CARE, CITY HOSPITAL, BIRMINGHAM

  • Vaccinating against influenza and pneumococcusSubscription

    Clinical18 October, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 42, PAGE NO: 32Margaret Umeed, MSc (MedSci), RGN, is a specialist nurse practitioner (general practice nursing) in Glasgow and a freelance lecturer with a special interest in immunisation and travel health medicine

  • Airway managementSubscription

    Clinical18 October, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 42, PAGE NO: 41PHIL JEVON, RESUSCITATION OFFICER, MANOR HOSPITAL, WALSALLTo ensure adequate ventilation during cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, prompt assessment of the patient's airway is essential, together with effective airway management. It may not be possible to restart an arrested myocardium without adequate oxygenation (Resuscitation Council (UK), 2000).

  • Benchmarking: how do you do it?Subscription

    Clinical18 October, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 42, PAGE NO: 30

  • Pain assessment in a day-bed unitSubscription

    Clinical18 October, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 42, PAGE NO: 38Tanya Lord, BSc, RGN, RM, is staff nurse, day-bed suite, Western General Hospital, EdinburghPain management has become a priority at Edinburgh's Western General Hospital since a patient survey carried out by the Picker Institute in 1999 found that 58% of surgical patients had pain all, most or some of the time.

  • Slowing the progression?Subscription

    Clinical18 October, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 42, PAGE NO: 36

  • Experience countsSubscription

    Clinical11 October, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 41, PAGE NO: 36

  • Elective Admissions to Suit the IndividualSubscription

    Clinical11 October, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 41, PAGE NO: 30Liz Allen, RN, is lead nurse, the Easi-Book and preassessment service, Walsall Hospitals NHS TrustThe government is committed to reducing the number of patients waiting for an operation and the length of time they wait, and to improving the quality of the service they receive throughout the entire process.

  • Setting up a sexual health clinic in a schoolSubscription

    Clinical11 October, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 41, PAGE NO: 38Delya Lane, BMedSci, RGN, RSCN, is a school nurse at the Ivy Lodge Clinic, SheffieldPatricia Day, BMedSci, PGCE, RGN, is a school nurse at Norfolk Park Health Centre, SheffieldBecoming a mother at a young age can have a catastrophic effect on the life chances of both the young women involved and their children.

  • Pills won't cure ills caused by povertySubscription

    Clinical11 October, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 41, PAGE NO: 29Tracy McFall, BSc, RGN, OHNThere are many times on the wards or in the community that I've been disillusioned by the care patients receive. I have frequently been asked to give care without any knowledge of a person's circumstances - whether they are living on the poverty line, whether their house is damp or whether they have any relatives or friends who can help with the shopping or the kids.

  • Bone metastasis: secondary illness, primary concernSubscription

    Clinical11 October, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 41, PAGE NO: 32 Ursula O’Leary, MSc, DipPainManagement, RN, was nurse manager at St John’s Hospice at the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth, London, at the time of writing

  • Initial assessmentSubscription

    Clinical11 October, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 41, PAGE NO: 41PHIL JEVON, RESUSCITATION OFFICER, MANOR HOSPITAL, WALSALLThe term cardiac arrest implies a sudden interruption of cardiac output. It may be reversible with appropriate treatment (Handley, 1999). The patient will collapse, lose consciousness, stop breathing and will be pulseless. He/she may also present with a short grand mal convulsion which lasts only a few seconds.

  • Waste disposal for the ostomate in the communitySubscription

    Clinical4 October, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 40, PAGE NO: 51ELAINE SWAN, RN, SCM, BN, is advanced nurse practitioner (colorectal), Walsall Hospitals NHS TrustELAINE SWAN, RN, SCM, BN, is advanced nurse practitioner (colorectal), Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust

  • Checking equipmentSubscription

    Clinical4 October, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 40, PAGE NO: 43 PHIL JEVON, RESUSCITATION OFFICER, MANOR HOSPITAL, WALSALL

  • How foot and mouth disease affected a rural continence serviceSubscription

    Clinical4 October, 2001

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 40, PAGE NO: 59

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