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Prevention

Facial ulcers in patients with COVID-19 admitted to ICU: review of the evidence

A multi-case research study approach, using secondary data, was used to critically analyse the development of pressure ulcers in COVID-19 patients admitted to ICU and nursed in prone position. A case...

Convexity in stoma care: developing a new ASCN UK guideline on the appropriate use of convex products

The correct choice of pouch is essential and should be based on the type of stoma (colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy) created. A stoma appliance, also known as a bag or pouch, is generally made up of a...

The aetiology of medical device-related pressure ulcers and how to prevent them

The aetiology of MDRPUs is exemplified here through two common clinical scenarios—of a CPAP mask that is being used extensively in the current COVID-19 pandemic (Figure 2), and of a doughnut-shaped...

A narrative review of preventive measures for postoperative delirium in older adults

An initial search of two databases, CINAHL and PubMed, sourced 309 articles. Keywords included ‘delirium’, ‘acute confusion’, ‘intervention’, ‘nurs*, ‘patient’’, ‘preoperative’, ‘intraoperative’...

Simple steps to prevent hospital-acquired pneumonia in non-intubated patients: a quality improvement project

It is widely acknowledged that quality improvement projects (QIPs) advance health care and are integral to reaching the targeted outcomes that provide best possible care for patients (Charles et al,...

Preventing and managing device-related pressure ulcers in oncology

‘A DRPU involves interaction with a device or object that is in direct or indirect contact with skin, or implanted under the skin, causing focal and localised forces that deform the localised and...

Needlestick injuries: the role of safety-engineered devices in prevention

Occupational NSI awareness is an essential component of any healthcare system. Under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, the...

Static overlays for pressure ulcer prevention: a hospital-based health technology assessment

Our aim was to investigate the properties and consequences of implementing static overlays based on an observational study comparing AAM with two different types of static overlay. The results showed...

Acute kidney injury: a risk scoring system for general surgical patients

It has been suggested that worldwide up to 20% of people admitted to hospital either have or will develop AKI (Susantitaphong et al, 2013). Although the incidence in the UK may be lower, it can have...

Pressure ulcer prevention in hospitals: a successful nurse-led clinical quality improvement intervention

Between 2010 and 2014 there was a focus on prevention of adverse events and patient safety at hospitals in Denmark. The Region of Southern Denmark—one of 5 regional health authorities—and OUH had...

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