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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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New centre of wound care excellence opens in Wales

New centre of wound care excellence opens in Wales

A new wound-healing centre has opened in South Wales, aimed at finding new ways to treat and prevent wounds. Staff at the Welsh Wound Innovation Centre (WWIC), which is based outside Cardiff, will hope to provide a coordinated approach to wound care in Wales, as well as tackling the challenges for patients who have acute, traumatic and chronic non-healing wounds.

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Target Tuberculosis is asking for help to save lives

Target Tuberculosis is asking for help to save lives

Target Tuberculosis works in Asia and Africa supporting vulnerable women, children and whole communities infected and affected by Tuberculosis. TB is often thought of as a disease of the past and yet this year alone it will kill over 1.5 million people. It is a disease of poverty with 95% of cases in the developing world along, harming the people least able to bear it. The tragedy is, as many British nursing staff know, that TB is preventable and curable. 

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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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How wound cleansing and debriding aids management and healing

How wound cleansing and debriding aids management and healing

Wound debridement can be challenging for community nurses, who need to be able to quickly identify a wound’s status in order to proceed with treatment. This article looks at some of the basic factors that nurses should consider when debriding and cleaning a wound, paying particular attention to assessment and ‘seeing’ the wound, and how clinicians can better remove potentially damaging material such as slough and necrosis. The article also investigates how clinicians caring for patients with leg ulceration can treat the ‘whole leg’. Finally, the authors consider the benefits of a new product, the UCS® debridement cloth (medi UK), and its ability to help community nurses gently debride and clean wounds of all types, as well as reducing the burden of using buckets of water to clean patients’ lower limbs. This has important implications for many community nurses, particularly concerning strain to the back during lower limb cleansing and the infection risk of transporting, cleaning and storing buckets in patients’ homes. There is also a time factor, as debridement cloths mean that visiting nurses can reduce the time associated with filling and emptying buckets in both clinic and home environments.

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