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The dramatic expansion of Wiltshire’s forensic mental health service is a perfect opportunity to improve working arrangements.
Many thousands of urinary tract infections (UTIs) are linked to the insertion of an indwelling urethral catheter ( Saint et al 2000 ). Catheterisation is often prolonged unnecessarily ( Saint et al 2002 ), thereby increasing the infection risk. In this audit of 133 medical and surgical patients...
Nurses in the UK are racking up a collective debt of £222 million before they qualify, new figures suggest. An RCN survey of more than 600 students across the UK found an average debt among first years of £2,787. By their final year they owed an average of £4,425.
Over the past 40 years, significant advances have been made in the diagnosis and management of congenital heart defects. Improvements in diagnostic and interventional cardiology, surgical technique, cardiopulmonary bypass and post-operative intensive care have all contributed to a reduction in...
It is not easy being a nursing student. That much is clear this week as we publish findings from the RCN’s latest survey. It may come as no surprise to learn that the majority of nursing students end their training in debt – an average of £4,425. But even that figure hides huge variations,...
This article outlines the causes, signs and symptoms of systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS), sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock, the implications and available treatments. The article also highlights a campaign to reduce the incidence of sepsis and reflects on efforts to reduce...
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