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Rachel Purkett

Rachel Purkett

Group online editor

Blog posts

  • pills

    Should hospital patients routinely administer their own medicines?

    Would hospital patients benefit if those who were able were allowed to administer their own medicines? What do you think?Expert comment

    Behind the Rituals25 July, 2011

    Comments (25)
  • hospital food

    Do patients really need to fast before surgery?

    Patients have long been told not to eat or drink for hours before surgery because of the risk of pulmonary aspiration, but is this really necessary?Some studies have suggested that light meals and liquids are not harmful before surgery, and that fasting can sometimes cause adverse effects, but many guidelines continue to insist on complete fasting.What do you think?

    Behind the Rituals5 July, 2011

    Comments (13)
  • face masks

    Why do we wear face masks in theatre?

    Is wearing face masks in theatre a necessity, or is it just something we do? Do they protect patients and practitioners, or do they offer little benefit, as some studies have suggested?What do you think?

    Behind the Rituals27 June, 2011

    Comments (4)
  • medicine

    Are drug rounds necessary?

    Why do we do drug rounds? Are they really the safest system for administering medications, or should drugs be given at the same time as other elements of care?What do you think?

    Behind the Rituals31 May, 2011

    Comments (10)
  • glove

    To glove or not to glove?

    Are gloves overused in healthcare settings? Is there evidence to support their frequent use?When do you think gloves should be worn, and when do you think it’s not necessary?Let’s get a discussion started - post your thoughts below.Behind the RitualsIs there another nursing ritual you’d like us to discuss here? Email your idea to

    Behind the Rituals25 May, 2011

    Comments (7)

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