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Aseptic non-touch techniqueSubscription
Every year about 5,000 patients die unnecessarily in the UK from hospital-acquired infection (National Audit Office, 2000). Many become infected during simple procedures, such as administering intravenous drugs and managing wounds, owing to poor hand-washing and aseptic technique. Despite this, it has been shown that techniques and terminology vary greatly (Rowley, 1996).
Risk assessment in theatresSubscription
VOL: 97, ISSUE: 38, PAGE NO: 38 Sue Lamont, RGN, is theatre projects and resources coordinator, Leicester General Hospital
VOL: 98, ISSUE: 06, PAGE NO: 34Mila Dajee, DipHE, RGN, is a staff nurse, directorate of surgery, Leicester General HospitalLike divorce, bereavement and moving house, starting a new job is one of life's most stressful events. For newly qualified nurses, this is particularly true. Not only do they have to get used to unfamiliar surroundings and fit into established teams, but they also have the added pressure of being fully accountable for their practice for the first time.
The standards document of The National Service Framework for Diabetes has recognised that inpatient management of diabetic patients is often inadequate (Department of Health, 2001). Suggestions to improve care included enhanced communication with patients, improved liaison with hospital diabetes teams (particularly the inpatient diabetes specialist nurse) and implementation of locally agreed evidence-based guidelines. Management of diabetic patients around the time of surgery lends ...
Throughout the UK, nurses have started training in supplementary prescribing. The guidelines for supplementary prescribing, initially referred to as dependent prescribing (Department of Health, 1999), recommend that nurses can prescribe in continuing care by agreement with the patient and the diagnosing doctor.
A simple definition of health and safety is the state of being well in body and mind, and the condition of being free from danger and risks (Allen, 1991).
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