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Meeting report: managing peristomal skin complications

The chair opened the discussion by inviting the panel members to estimate how often they saw peristomal skin-related complications in their daily practice. One delegate mentioned that up to 80% of...

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...

Educating patients in stoma care

Patients preparing for life with a stoma will often be anxious and need help to adjust to, and accept, its presence (Lim et al, 2015). A preoperative meeting is organised with the SCN to help prepare...

Peristomal skin damage: assessment, prevention and treatment

The skin has three layers—the epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous tissue—which all absorb, excrete, protect, secrete, thermoregulate, produce pigment, perceive senses and provide a safe environment..

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):.

From staff nurse to nurse consultant

Continuing professional development, keeping updated, attending a course, writing an assignment, being mentored by a specialist practitioner are all straightforward, logical and, if we are honest with...

Respecting clinical skills

‘Observe, record, tabulate, communicate. Use your five senses. Learn to see, learn to hear, learn to feel, learn to smell and know that by practice alone you can become expert.’ .

Risk factors for the development of oedema and lymphoedema

The appearance of oedema is a symptom of an underlying medical condition. The cause is therefore associated with the patient's medical diagnosis or, in the case of cancer-related lymphoedema,...

Initiatives and evaluations: the life of a lymphoedema researcher

This body of work started with a service evaluation of the entire Wales-wide network. The results of this study showed that the service had brought considerable cost savings and efficiencies across...

Intermediate life support for the adult

Up to 80% of patients suffering cardiac arrest display evidence of deterioration in the hours before arrest; once a cardiac arrest occurs, even in the hospital environment, fewer than 20% of patients...

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