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Improving patients' bladder and bowel dysfunction assessments

Already established training was increased. Bespoke and accessible training sessions across the city were offered, along with continuing daily support offered to staff across the directorate at their...

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...

An overview of Clostridioides difficile and faecal microbiota transplant: implications for nursing practice

Antibiotic therapy has been the cornerstone of treatment approaches for most infectious cases for half a century. Coupled with improved sanitation and increasing health literacy, antibiotics have...

Taking a novel approach to educating staff on infection prevention

The aim of the project led by the harm-free care nurse specialist for UTI and CAUTI prevention (Amy Griffiths) was to implement and promote best practice for UTI and CAUTI and to reduce the number of...

Horizontal approaches to infection prevention: daily chlorhexidine gluconate bathing

The benefits of CHG bathing as part of a broader, horizontal approach have been demonstrated by the reduction of HAIs across acute care facilities and subsequent financial savings that the protocol...

Psoriasis: overview, treatments and implications for nursing care

Psoriasis is a complex disease with numerous risk factors and a multifactorial inheritance pattern. Approximately one-third of affected patients have a first-degree relative with the disorder,...

Continuous positive airway pressure in COVID-19-associated respiratory failure: improving patient care with a proforma

Never before has the modern healthcare service encountered such a challenge as the COVID-19 global pandemic (Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), 2020). As of May 2022, coronavirus...

An overview of haemodialysis

Haemodialysis is the term used to describe a process in which blood is filtered across a semipermeable membrane, in a dialyser, causing toxins and excess fluid to be removed. Haemodialysis uses...

Is there a ‘best way’ to access compression garments?

More recently, Lymphoedema Wales Clinical Network published an economic evaluation in collaboration with medicine management personnel of the local health board pharmacy department (Thomas et al,...

Psychological and social needs of people with rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with an increased prevalence of depression and anxiety (Matcham et al, 2013). The level of depression is similar to that experienced by people with diabetes,...

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