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Providing post-lung transplant care during the time of COVID-19

The Mater hospital had been preparing for the COVID-19 pandemic since December 2019 because it houses the national isolation unit for infectious diseases. This facility is designed to admit, isolate...

Strategies and policies to tackle the problems associated with long COVID

In many respects the pathological morbidities associated with long COVID resemble those of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Some of the most common...

Focusing on achievements

“The flexibility of specialist nurses, who adapted to the ongoing situation … deserves high praise and recognition” .

Stoma care services during the COVID-19 pandemic

The effect of COVID-19 on healthcare provision has been unprecedented. Elective surgery was cancelled in many hospitals due to lack of staff and beds (Fowler et al, 2020). Earlier this year even...

Coronavirus: the 7th C affecting the 6Cs. A focus on compassion, care and touch

Caring has historically been considered the essence of nursing (Fahrenwald et al, 2005). There are many definitions and theories of caring, but most scholars consider that it is complex and needs to...

The aetiology of medical device-related pressure ulcers and how to prevent them

The aetiology of MDRPUs is exemplified here through two common clinical scenarios—of a CPAP mask that is being used extensively in the current COVID-19 pandemic (Figure 2), and of a doughnut-shaped...

Creating a system-wide culture of wound-care proficiency

Although COVID-19 has created challenges, it has also provided opportunities. There has been a growing focus on the need to support people to contribute to their own wound management. This has been...

Review of a paediatric inflammatory bowel disease service during the pandemic and the impact of the CNS role

The authors undertook a retrospective review of clinical records and the IBD database from January 2019 to September 2020 at the Evelina London Children's Hospital, a tertiary paediatric...

Innovative approaches to teaching vascular access to nursing students in the COVID-19 era

The Ingram School of Nursing at McGill University has approximately 400 students in the BScN program, which is an entry-to-practice undergraduate program. Previously, the teaching of VAIN was...

The impact of Brexit and COVID-19 on nursing in the UK

‘The burden of the COVID-19 pandemic has exhausted nursing staff. Even if only a small percentage quits, that would still hugely impact all healthcare services and it will potentially take decades...

Should SARS-CoV-2 vaccination for all frontline healthcare staff be compulsory?

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