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Complication rates associated with traction removal of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tubes

There are three enteral feeding specialist nurses at LTHT, two at Band 6 and one at Band 7. There were changes in the team over the period the data were collected; however, there was no correlation...

Learning to live with COVID and looking to the future

“The past few years have been a struggle for all healthcare workers, but they have kept services running despite having to cope with staff isolating because of COVID” .

Exploring the role of the nutrition nurse specialist in an intestinal failure tertiary referral centre

Intestinal failure is described as a reduction in gut function, to the extent that adequate absorption of nutrients and/or water and electrolytes is impeded, leading to the need for intravenous (IV)...

Transanal irrigation at a glance

The bowel is part of the digestive system. It is made up of the small bowel (small intestine) and the large bowel (colon and rectum). The small bowel is longer than the large bowel, but it gets its...

The endocrine system and associated disorders

All glandular tissues produce secretions. Exocrine glands are arranged so they secrete theirs via a central duct, which directs the secretions (hormones) to the desired location, for example sweat...

Evidence-informed practice: simplifying and applying the concept for nursing students and academics

The problems with the uptake and effective implementation of EBP led to the emergence of the EIP concept. This concept is based on the premise that healthcare practice should, as a matter of...

Helping survivors of abuse to cope with anxieties triggered during the pandemic

The wearing of face coverings in shops and supermarkets became mandatory in the UK on 24 July 2020, shortly followed by their mandated use across many sectors and settings, with the failure to comply...

Providing information, care and support to IBD patients during the pandemic

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RDE) is a teaching hospital in the south-west of England. Our catchment serves a mixed urban and rural population of about 400 000 people. Here the...

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