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Study reveals how gardens could help dementia care

Study reveals how gardens could help dementia care

A new study has revealed that gardens in care homes could provide promising therapeutic benefits for patients suffering from dementia.

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Nurses turn popstars to promote hand hygiene

Nurses turn popstars to promote hand hygiene

Nurses from Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have come up with a unique way to publicise hand hygiene by producing a YouTube video set to the popular 1970s pop hit Carwash, a song originally made famous by the band Rolls Royce.

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JCN wants to help you get started on Twitter…

JCN wants to help you get started on Twitter…

JCN has been using Twitter for some time now and we want to help you get started on this excellent way of keeping in touch with colleagues or finding out about clinical updates and new goings-on in the world of community nursing.

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Psychological issues around emotional overeating not addressed by healthcare professionals

Psychological issues around emotional overeating not addressed by healthcare professionals

Misunderstanding, lack of help and stigma affect people with emotional overeating issues finds a survey by Beat – the UK’s leading eating disorder charity, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

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The principles behind end of life care and the implications for patients

The principles behind end of life care and the implications for patients

End of life care became the focus of media attention in 2013 when the Liverpool Care Pathway was found to be not fit for purpose. This article looks at the policy background to end of life care in the UK, as well as the current state of provision, from a community nursing perspective. It also focuses on pressure ulceration, a key complication for patients at the end of life, offering advice on how to approach skin care for this patient group. Finally, the author examines the implications for treatment of mental capacity legislation, and how concepts such as 'advanced decisions' and ethics affect nurses trying to treat patients at the end of life.

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Understanding the basics of wound care in the community setting

Understanding the basics of wound care in the community setting

The government's policy of moving care closer to home means that not only will community nurses continue to see patients with chronic wounds such as leg ulcers, pressure ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers, they may also start to see an increase in the numbers of patients who have been discharged from hospital with surgical wounds, who might previously have stayed in secondary care for a longer period. It is imperative that community nurses tasked with visiting a range of patients in their own homes have an understanding of the fundamentals of wound development and management to provide basic evidence-based wound care. This article looks at some of those fundamentals, including debridement, dressing application and removal, wound cleansing, infection, and the effects of comorbidities on the wound.

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