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Understanding nursing perceptions of intravenous fluid management practices

Intravenous fluid administration is a common occurrence among hospitalized patients. Patients often receive IV fluids for various reasons while in the hospital, including resuscitation, maintenance,...

Preventing Risks of Infections and Medication Errors in IV therapy (PRIME): a patient safety initiative

PRIME was designed to impart critical and fundamental skills around IV therapy initiation, medication preparation, medication administration and the maintenance of IV lines, incorporating best global...

Demand for end-of-life care

Despite many people expressing a preference to die at home, half of deaths occur in hospital. Often this is due to a lack of in-home and community-based support. The provision of palliative care to...

The respiratory system and associated disorders

When respiratory disease alters lung function to the extent that the respiratory system is no longer able to meet the metabolic demands of the body, the patient is in respiratory failure...

Respiratory rate monitoring and early detection of deterioration practices

This study investigated patient deterioration detection initiatives and vital sign assessment practices in medical/surgical environments in Asia-Pacific (Australia, mainland China, Singapore), the...

Considering skin-to-muscle depth for successful intramuscular injections in an increasingly obese population

An IM injection is the administration of medication through the dermis, cutaneous and subcutaneous tissue layers, into a skeletal muscle. IM injections are used where there is a risk that the medicine...

Anaesthetic nurse specialist role in perioperative anaesthetic management of patients who are morbidly obese

This integrative review aimed to highlight the importance of the role of anaesthetic nurse specialists (ANS) in recognition that patients who are morbidly obese present different challenges and have...

Patient redress in clinical negligence cases: an uneven playing field

‘We contend that part of the ongoing muddle about safety cultures stems from this lack of focused attention on the nature and implications of justice in the field of patient safety.’ .

Managing the interface between two Acts relevant to the deprivation of liberty

Both the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 have provisions for the authorisation of a deprivation of liberty that are compliant with Article 5 of the European Convention on Human...

Updating the standards should not mean moving the goalposts

‘There's a push to get as many nurses through as possible. I despair, the reason a [nurses' degree] programme is three [years] is because this is how we are regulated. The change in education that is...

Supporting patients, carers and staff with enteral feeding in the community

This service has prevented many A&E visits and admissions to hospital, so reduced time spent in A&E or acute services. Not only has this saved money for the NHS and freed up resources but,...

Introducing a feeding tube kit bag and passport for patients with a gastrostomy

Empowering health professionals through education, resources and information has helped them to provide a more efficient service to this group of patients. Even if they are unsure how to perform the...

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