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Barry Hill

Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing at Northumbria University

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The 2022 multinational monkeypox outbreak in non-endemic countries

In the UK on 7 May 2022, one case was reported, linked to travel from Nigeria. On 14 May 2022, a familial cluster of two cases of monkeypox was reported in the UK (UKHSA, 2022a). These cases had no...

Exploring the complexity of student nurse relationships with adolescent patients when placing nasogastric tubes

The practice of NG tube insertion originates from ancient Greece and Egypt, where tubing inserted rectally infused nutrient solutions for the treatment of bowel conditions (Chernoff, 2006; National...

Transanal irrigation at a glance

The bowel is part of the digestive system. It is made up of the small bowel (small intestine) and the large bowel (colon and rectum). The small bowel is longer than the large bowel, but it gets its...

Letter to the Editor

On behalf of NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) Patient Blood Management Team, the Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT) UK Haemovigilance Scheme and the National Blood Transfusion Committee, I have...

Blood transfusions in adults: ensuring patient safety

The UK national haemovigilance surveillance programme, SHOT, repeatedly identifies that patient are harmed, and some die, as a result of being given the incorrect type of blood..

Tympanic thermometers support fast and accurate temperature monitoring in acute and alternative care

Thermoregulation is a process that allows the body to maintain its core internal temperature. Thermoregulation has three mechanisms: afferent sensing, central control and efferent responses. The body...

Central venous pressure monitoring in critical care settings

The Frank-Starling law states that the force or tension developed in a muscle fibre depends on the extent to which it is stretched..

Introducing advanced level practice and the scope of developing new roles

According to HEE (2017), advanced clinical practice is delivered by experienced, registered health and care practitioners. HEE (2017) defines it as ‘a level of practice characterised by a high degree...

Changes to nurse-to-patient ratios in intensive care during the pandemic

‘Ventilated patients must have a registered nurse/patient ratio of a minimum 1:1 to deliver direct care. A greater ratio than 1:1 may be required to safely meet the needs of some critically ill...

Nursing people with osteoarthritis

OA is the most prevalent form of arthritis and a leading cause of pain and disability worldwide (NICE, 2014; O'Neill et al, 2018; Vina and Kwoh, 2018). It affected 303 million people globally in 2017...

Physical health assessment for people with a severe mental illness

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that uses any interaction between a health professional and a patient as an opportunity to engage with a patient to make positive...

Hypovolaemic shock

Shock is generally classified according to its cause. There are four main pathological mechanisms that can result in a state of shock (Vincent and De Backer, 2013; Stratton, 2019):.

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