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Overactive bladder: not just a normal part of getting older

OAB is a clinical diagnosis based on the symptoms of urinary urgency, urge incontinence, frequency and nocturia. Bladder diaries are helpful for quantifying these symptoms and can be used to set...

Ending healthcare's over-reliance on containment products and catheters

One of the biggest issues I have noticed since working in the bladder and bowel sector is that urinary incontinence is widely normalised. You can easily buy containment products off the shelf in...

Uterine prolapse: impact of the condition and practical advice

The prevalence of uterine prolapse varies, depending on reporting methods and assessment categorisation, and may be more common than is realised. Uterine prolapse was found in 14% of women in a US...

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...

The cardiovascular system and associated disorders

The heart is located near the midline of the thoracic cavity, commonly known as the mediastinum, and rests on the diaphragm (Cook et al, 2021). The mediastinum is the space in the centre of the thorax...

Developing an e-learning curriculum to educate healthcare staff in the acute hospital setting about autism

First described in the 1940s, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a lifelong heterogeneous neurodevelopmental condition characterised by qualitative challenges with social communication, interaction and...

How a better understanding of nursing research roles may help to embed research into clinical structures

Misunderstandings surrounding the terminology and scope of practice within advanced and specialist nurses' roles continue to pervade the profession (Currey et al, 2011; Cooper et al, 2019; Cannaby et...

How many practice hours are required to become a registered nurse?

Recent NMC registrant figures demonstrate that nurses working in the UK come from all over the world, despite variances in compulsory practice hours. Table 1 illustrates this and demonstrates that...

Nurses at risk of multiple jeopardy over allegations of unprofessional behaviour

Nurses' exposure to multiple jeopardy is founded on the multifaceted nature of the duty they owe to their patients and the nature of their accountability. Accountability underpins the professionalism,...

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