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The role of diabetes specialist nurses in secondary care settings

Precise routines will vary, but DSNs will review referrals made by ward-based staff, and triage these, so that some will be reviewed by doctors and others by nurses. The types of referrals cover the...

Diverticular disease, diverticulitis and the impact on continence

Diverticular disease is a condition where diverticula cause symptoms such as altered bowel habit and lower abdominal pain, but without inflammation or infection (Strate and Morris, 2019). See Box 1....

Using clinical surveillance software to support effective infection prevention and control for managing COVID-19

‘Ongoing opportunities to harness and embed new technologies, to link and integrate our data, and improve our surveillance.’.

Leakage of stomal effluent outside the baseplate leads to rise in product usage and health professional interactions

The survey was conducted in 2021 as an online, retrospective, self-reported questionnaire developed by Coloplast. The survey was sent to members of the Coloplast Online Research Engine (CORE) survey...

Factors that enhance compliance with the Surgical Safety Checklist

Despite the SSC's worldwide acceptance and proven results, compliance challenges have emerged. The term ‘meaningful compliance’ refers to the frequency and completeness of checklist use on different...

The psychological, psychosocial and emotional wellbeing of children and young people with leukaemia

The search aimed to identify literature that discussed the psychosocial, psychological and emotional wellbeing of CYP following the diagnosis and treatment of leukaemia. The literature search was...

Evaluation of the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem) Award for recognising excellence in nursing

Data were analysed using framework analysis, which is a structured method of analysis conducted over five stages: familiarisation, indexing, charting, mapping and interpretation (Ritchie and Spencer,...

Adult liver transplantation for the advanced clinical practitioner: an overview

Seven LT units offer assessment and subsequent LT services in the UK (see Box 1). These units are often associated or combined with other organ transplant services due to significant crossover in the...

An infection control journey

Working in various roles in my career has led me to develop an enthusiasm for safe and effective infection prevention..

A team effort during the pandemic

We are all aware of the numerous iterations of guidance that were issued in response to the changes in epidemiological information, growing scientific knowledge, stakeholder feedback and the evolving...

Holding steady in the face of the storm

In March 2020, in order to accommodate COVID-19 intakes, there was pressure to release NHS beds. Elevated COVID-19 rates affected the admission and discharge of patients. The hospital bed management...

How to improve aseptic technique to reduce bloodstream infection during vascular access procedures

‘Sets of evidence-based practices that, when implemented collectively, improve the reliability of their delivery and improve patient outcomes. [They] contribute to infection prevention, reduce...

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