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What are the challenges for nurses when providing end-of-life care in intensive care units?

A comprehensive literature search was conducted between March and July 2018. Key words and synonyms (end of life care, terminal care, nurses, challenges, delivering, provision, quality care, acute...

Intermittent self-catheterisation: good patient education and support are key

Patients are frequently assessed on their capacity to process, obtain and understand healthcare-related information accompanied by clinical instruction. This is often referred to as ‘health literacy’...

The role of neuromuscular electrical stimulation in the rehabilitation of the pelvic floor muscles

The pelvic floor is vital for routine bodily functions. The muscles of the pelvic floor help to control bladder and bowel movements, support pelvic organs, and help to control intimate sensations in...

The importance of indwelling urinary catheter securement

Non-stabilised catheters can increase the movement of the catheter inside the bladder, leading to unstable detrusor contractions and muscle spasms. This will increase the incidence of bypassing, pain...

Home oxygen therapy in patients with COPD: safety issues for nurse prescribers

‘… responsible and accountable for the assessment of patients with undiagnosed and diagnosed conditions and for decisions about the clinical management required, including prescribing.’.

BJN Awards: respiratory nurse of the year 2019: runner up

‘This work can be extremely challenging as I balance the parents' and child's wishes with the overall aim of allowing the child to live the best and longest life possible with their cystic fibrosis’.

Exploring the emotions of patients undergoing therapy for hepatitis C

From an economic perspective, the benefits associated with the eradication of HCV are clear; people who receive early curative DAA therapy require reduced disability and health spending than untreated...

Care of skin that is oedematous or at risk of oedema

The skin is the largest organ of the body and comprises three layers (Figure 1):.

Antipyretic drugs in patients with fever and infection: literature review

A literature search was undertaken in July 2017 using both the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) and Medline databases (2010-2017). Keywords were searched, using...

Ludwig's angina: a multidisciplinary concern

Mr Jones (a pseudonym has been used), a 46-year-old male, entered the out-of-hours streaming area of the local emergency department (ED), presenting with a 3-day history of general lethargy and fever,...

Neurological conditions and acute dysphagia

An assessment by a speech and language therapist (SLT) aims to diagnose the presence or absence of OD and the cause and characteristic features. This information can contribute to overall medical...

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