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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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Breathlessness in the community: part 1 - assessment

Breathlessness in the community: part 1 - assessment

Breathlessness causes emotional and physical distress and social isolation for both patients and their families. Refractory breathlessness, i.e. that which persists even when measures to optimise the underlying condition have been implemented, is one of the most distressing symptoms experienced by patients with advanced life-limiting illnesses. This two-part series describes the experience of refractory breathlessness in patients with advanced disease living in the community, and provides guidance for their care. This, the first part in the series, outlines the experience of breathlessness and how community nurses can accurately assess patients. The second part of this series (available in the next issue of Journal of Community Nursing) will outline management techniques.

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An overview of lymphoedema for community nurses

An overview of lymphoedema for community nurses

This article provides an overview of lymphoedema and its management. It includes information on the definition of lymphoedema, anatomy (lymphatics), lymphoedema staging, complications and the psychosocial impact. This leads onto a discussion of the management methods that can be delivered by community staff and practice nurses who have received appropriate training. Involving patients and their family/carers in all aspects of the management plan can help them to cope with this lifelong condition and promote concordance with treatment.

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