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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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Surface that mimics shark skin can be used to fight infection

Surface that mimics shark skin can be used to fight infection

Transmission of bacterial infections, including meticillin -resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and meticillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA), could be curbed by coating health-related equipment surfaces with microscopic bumps that mimic the scaly surface of shark skin, according to research published in the open access journal Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control.

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10 days to go before 200-mile sponsored cycle for the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation

10 days to go before 200-mile sponsored cycle for the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation

Ahead of his 200-mile sponsored cycle for the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation, Andrew spent Sunday morning doing a 60-mile ride.

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Asthma UKs community-based programme reduces hospital admissions in children

Asthma UKs community-based programme reduces hospital admissions in children

New research presented at the European Respiratory Society meeting in Munich this week highlights that an integrated approach to asthma care in the community — focusing on the importance of education and action plans — can improve asthma management and reduce admissions amongst children by 40%.

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Introducing a pelvic floor telephone assessment service

Introducing a pelvic floor telephone assessment service

This article looks at a telephone triage assessment clinic that was set up to improve the bowel, bladder and pelvic floor service in the authors’ locality. A pelvic floor triage questionnaire was developed to identify patients’ faecal, urinary and prolapse symptoms then, between April and December 2013, patients were referred to the colorectal pelvic floor clinic via telephone triage assessment. Investigations could also be requested directly from the telephone triage assessment clinic. The need for any investigations and patient responses to the telephone triage assessment clinic questionnaires were reviewed in the pelvic floor multidisciplinary meeting. Previously, the wait for a new pelvic floor appointment was four months and this has been reduced to two weeks (or five weeks for a new consultant appointment). The telephone triage assessment clinic has led to a reduction in waiting times, an improvement in patient experience and more efficient referral. It is also more cost effective as
it can replace a new consultant appointment.

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