If you’re planning a service development, want to improve your practice, doing a literature search for an essay or looking for some material to help you teach a student you’re mentoring you need access to high-quality, accessible information.
And whatever your specialty or work setting, the Nursing Times clinical archive has something to help.
The archive now contains more than 5,000 double-blind peer-reviewed articles on all aspects of nursing practice, published since 2000, and most with a print-friendly PDF to save or download. To find out what it has to offer, type a keyword into the ‘Search archive’ box at the top of any page on the website. You can then refine your search by article type and date.
We’re proud of our archive and want to ensure some of its hidden gems get the attention they deserve, so some of our new online issues of Nursing Times will be highlighting collections selected by the practice team. In this issue we’ve focused on infection prevention and control (IPC) – an issue relevant to nurses in all settings and specialties.
In our review on surgical site infections Jennie Wilson discusses the epidemiology and pathophysiology of these dangerous infections, which are the third most common healthcare-associated infection. She explains which patients are at increased risk and the wide range of steps that health professionals can take to minimise patients’ risk.
Glove use is widespread in clinical practice, and when used appropriately they are an important contributor to IPC measures. However, there is clear evidence that gloves are often misused, and can actually increase patients’ risk of infection. Jennie Wilson and Heather Loveday explore the extent of and reasons for glove misuse, and suggest strategies to promote their appropriate use.
Standardised infection prevention and control precautions are crucial to patient safety, and should be practised regardless of whether patients are known to have an infection. However, there is wide variation in the policies that guide practice and the terminology used, while many policies are long, repetitive and difficult to follow for staff who don’t specialise in IPC. This can cause confusion and lead to unsafe practice.
Lisa Ritchie discusses the issue and reports on an initiative undertaken by Health Protection Scotland to update guidance and ensure it is relevant to front-line staff delivering direct patient care. The highly practical and user-friendly guidance divides standard precautions into 10 categories, each with its own ‘must do’, and offers a checklist of critical elements to help staff improve compliance in their area of care.
We hope you enjoy this collection, which is just a fraction of the material in the archive discussing practical aspects of IPC. Each has a selection of related articles to guide you in exploring the topic further.