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The implications of health policy for nursing

The challenge of an ageing society is that the traditional way of moving through the NHS, by which patients see their GP, are referred for treatment in hospital, treated, discharged and return home,...

The importance of respiratory rate monitoring

The body requires oxygen as an important part of its energy provision process. The respiratory system provides the body with oxygen and removes carbon dioxide as a waste product. This is the process...

Adult pain assessment and management

Before diving into the assessment process, it is necessary to have a general understanding of the various types of pain that can be experienced, as well as how these are manifested. This understanding...

Rationale and procedure for performing digital removal of faeces

Under normal circumstances, an individual adopts a sitting or squatting position allowing for straightening of the anorectal angle and the relaxation of the external anal sphincter and puborectalis...

Blood glucose monitoring in diabetes: rationale and procedure

The measurement of blood glucose provides information on the effectiveness of blood glucose metabolism and guides interventions to achieve optimal glucose control within the body..

Urinalysis using a test strip

There are various methods of urine collection, including:.

Care after death

When carrying out the procedure nurses need to be aware of the religious and cultural observations and preferences of the patient and family. Wherever possible, nurses should have discussed any...

Monitoring temperature

A patient's temperature should always be recorded when conducting vital signs monitoring checks (Bickley, 2016). The assessment of temperature as an initial clinical examination allows practitioners...

Administering a suppository: types, considerations and procedure

There are various types of suppositories used for constipation. Nurses must be aware of any potential harm associated with their practice and reduce this whenever possible (Nursing and Midwifery...

Current thinking on caring for patients with a wound: a practical approach

A wound is defined as any injury or damage to the integrity of the skin (Dealey, 2012). This damage can be a consequence of traumatic injury by mechanical, physical and/or chemical impact, either...

Considerations for the management of enterocutaneous fistula

ECF can result in intestinal failure (IF), which is often fatal if not managed properly (Adaba et al, 2017). This is when the gut function is reduced so far it falls below the minimum necessary for...

The nurse's role in ear care: undertaking hearing assessment and ear cleaning

It is important that health professionals understand the anatomy and physiology of the ear to enable them to assess and diagnose ear conditions. The ear has three main parts (Figure 1):.

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