Issue : October 2005
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Marie Frame, BA, RMN, is community psychiatric nurse, Clydesdale focused intervention team, NHS Lanarkshire; Pauline Hanlon, BNspq, PGD (management), RMN, RMNH, is clinical governance coordinator, Motherwell/Clydesdale clinical management team, NHS Lanarkshire; Gus MacLean, RMN is community psychiatric nurse, Motherwell focused intervention team, NHS Lanarkshire; Des Nolan, RMN, RGN, BA, is community psychiatric nurse, Wishaw focused intervention team, NHS Lanarkshire; Polash Shajahan, ...
Adherence to antiretroviral drugs is paramount to the successful management of HIV/Aids (Jani, 2002). Ordinarily, individuals find completing a course of medication difficult and maintaining 95 per cent adherence might be considered acceptable (Ries, 2001). But in individuals with HIV, maintaining adherence above 95 per cent is considered a critical determinant of the effectiveness of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART).
The National Service Framework for Older People (Department of Health, 2001) envisages that the single assessment process (SAP) will act as a key driver in the improvement of older people’s services. The challenge to health and social care organisations was subsequently set out more specifically (DoH, 2002): ‘To ensure that older people receive appropriate, effective and timely responses to their health and social care needs, and that professional resources are used effectively.’
A recent report from the RCN (Ball, 2005) highlighted the difficulty nurses have in requesting diagnostic tests, despite the chief nursing officer identifying the ordering of X-rays as the first of her 10 key roles for nurses (Department of Health, 2003).
Gynaecomastia is a benign enlargement of one or both breasts in men.
This article, the fourth in this series on blood cells, describes lymphocytes and lymphoid-derived cells. Along with granulocytes and monocytes, lymphocytes are part of the immune system.
Management and effects of parenteral nutritionSubscription
VOL: 101, ISSUE: 42, PAGE NO: 51Reviewed by: Carole Pellowe, PhD, deputy director, Richard Wells Research Centre, Thames Valley University, LondonThe study
Changes in the provision of home oxygen therapySubscription
VOL: 101, ISSUE: 42, PAGE NO: 42Yvonne Henderson, BSc, MCSP, is module leader, National Respiratory Training Centre, WarwickFrom February 2006, specialist teams will assess the oxygen requirements of patients before prescribing the most appropriate form of home oxygen therapy. Yvonne Henderson explains why these changes are necessary and outlines the anticipated benefits for patients and primary care trusts.
Placebo inhaler devices and infection risksSubscription
VOL: 101, ISSUE: 42, PAGE NO: 50 Trisha Weller, MHS, RN, DPSCHN (PN), CPT, is module and programme leader, National Respiratory Training Centre, Warwick