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The pathophysiology, assessment, and management of acute pain

The IASP divides pain into three categories (Box 1). Nociceptive pain is associated with damage to non-neural tissue and involves the stimulation of nociceptors (pain receptors attached to sensory...

Level 2 clinical supervision for community practitioners working with palliative and end-of-life care patients

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (2004) guidance describes a four-tier model for the assessment and management of mental health difficulties in patients with cancer..

Chronic kidney disease patients’ views of readiness and ability to use mHealth apps

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a global, non-communicable disease, responsible for 2.4 million deaths per year. It is now the sixth fastest-growing cause of death in Malaysia, with more than 7000 new...

Understanding the experiences of cancer patients referred for a clinical trial during the COVID-19 pandemic

In some cases, cancer patients may enrol on to clinical trials to get access to an additional treatment option, once their standard treatments have stopped working (Hulbert-Williams et al, 2021). At...

Pressing issues in healthcare digital technologies and AI

‘If it is rolled out widely, scientists say people will be able to diagnose themselves with the illness without going to the doctor and costs for the NHS should fall.’

A steep learning curve, but pride in how far I have come

Completing a degree in nursing is challenging, there is no doubt about it. I have just finished a 4-year adult nursing degree and it feels like an almighty achievement. There have been high points and...

Keeping our patients safe

‘Having more registered nurses on hospital wards is causally linked to reduced mortality.’.

Evaluation of the difficult intravenous access (DIVA) scoring in hospitalized pediatric patients

A limitation of the project was the use of convenience versus consecutive sampling. Convenience sampling was chosen because of the voluntary nature of staff completing the data collection form prior...

Supporting clinical competency in managing peripherally inserted central catheters during the COVID-19 pandemic: an education evaluation

The goal of evaluation for training programs is to show that there is a shift from knowledge to practice. With this initial evaluation, results show a significant decrease in requests for PICC...

Kicking the glove habit

Through my work with NIVAS, I spent quite a bit of time in 2022 talking about glove use in clinical practice. I've had time to reflect on my own practice and practice nationally within the IV therapy...

Integrated versus non-integrated peripheral intravenous catheters: a cross-sectional survey of nurse experiences

This study aimed to assess nurse-reported acceptability of the integrated PIVC systems. Primarily, the nurses providing feedback were not vascular access specialists but they were routinely required...

Providing the right support and care for male victims of domestic abuse

Domestic abuse and violence can be a contentious issue, partly due to the occupation of ‘gendered spaces' of the phenomenon and related issues (Khalida et al, 2013; Chelliah, 2016).

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