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Local evaluation captures data to positively inform organisational decision-making on product selection

Local evaluation captures data to positively inform organisational decision-making on product selection

With organisations being challenged to reduce the incidence of avoidable pressure ulcers and their development being seen as indicators of the quality of care provided, organisations need to ensure that they choose the most appropriate products for pressure ulcer prevention.

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Prosthetic limb charity aiming for 1,000 legs before Christmas

Prosthetic limb charity aiming for 1,000 legs before Christmas

Legs4Africa — a charity that collects and distributes redundant prosthetic limbs from the UK to Africa — is currently collecting 1,000 prosthetics legs and hopes to have them sent to The Gambia before Christmas. Legs4Africa offers amputees the chance to be independent again using prosthetic limbs that would otherwise go to waste. The NHS has to pay to have redundant prosthetic limbs destroyed as medical waste because — in accordance with EU law — they cannot be reused in the UK. 

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Bowel cancer risk reduced by adopting multiple healthy behaviors

Bowel cancer risk reduced by adopting multiple healthy behaviors

Five key healthy behaviors have been linked with a reduction in bowel cancer risk. Researchers from the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke quantified the impact of combined multiple healthy lifestyle behaviors on the risk of developing bowel cancer, and found that the impact is stronger in men than in women.

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BLS Conference 2014 - Managing the Whole Patient - 5-7 October, ICC, Birmingham

BLS Conference 2014 - Managing the Whole Patient - 5-7 October, ICC, Birmingham

This year’s British Lymphology Society (BLS) conference covers topics of interest suggested by its members, such as surgical techniques, aftercare, alternatives, exercise, myofascial release, scar management, laser and psychosocial aspects of lymphoedema.

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Factors affecting mental health support to the British armed forces: part one

Factors affecting mental health support to the British armed forces: part one

To help the British armed forces minimise mental health problems while undertaking military duties, operational psychological support is provided by military mental health nurses. This series of two articles is part of the first qualitative research completed in Afghanistan by British armed forces into the effectiveness of the military mental health nursing role. The authors aim to increase understanding of the factors that affect the delivery of nursing care during an operational deployment, including educational and clinical competency, multiprofessional and multinational boundaries, and the challenges of providing nursing care for both military personnel and local nationals. This article, the first of the two-part series, looks at the set up of the study, while the second article (featured in the next issue of JCN) will look at the study findings.

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How to accurately identify and record pressure ulceration

How to accurately identify and record pressure ulceration

The accurate grading or staging (henceforth referred to as grading in this article) of pressure ulcers has become increasingly important over the past five years as healthcare organisations insist on each wound being accurately documented (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence [NICE], 2014a, b). The impetus to capture improved data on pressure ulcers has been driven both by the need to reduce the impact of these debilitating wounds on patients, but also to bring down the spiralling costs to the NHS associated with their treatment. However it is not always easy to grade a pressure ulcer and the accuracy of any conclusions can be affected by multiple factors such as the presence of necrotic tissue, the colour of the individual's skin and the skill of the clinician, whether nurse, therapist, doctor, podiatrist or healthcare assistant. This article examines the basic principles of grading pressure ulcers, particularly where there may be conflicting signs and indications, and also investigates so-called 'ungradeable' pressure damage and how community nurses might reasonably interpret the guidelines on this.

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