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QNIís Homeless Health Network Ė new report published

QNIís Homeless Health Network Ė new report published

The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) has announced publication of a new report, Homeless Health Network - National Survey Summary of Findings 2014.

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Infection Prevention 2014, SECC Glasgow, 29th September Ė 1st October 2014

Infection Prevention 2014, SECC Glasgow, 29th September Ė 1st October 2014

Following a hugely successful conference in London, Infection Prevention 2014 is coming to Glasgow. The conference will be held in the SECC from the 29th September to the 1st October 2014.

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National lymphoedema awareness week aims to increase understanding

National lymphoedema awareness week aims to increase understanding

National lymphoedema awareness week takes place from 15–22 September and aims to raise the profile of this chronic, progressive condition, which affects over 200,000 people of all ages in the UK and Ireland.

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Septemberís seasonal rise in asthma attacks for under 16s

Septemberís seasonal rise in asthma attacks for under 16s

Asthma UK urge parents to have an asthma action plan (http://www.asthma.org.uk/Shop/my-asthma-plans) in place as children return to school. For the past eight years, admissions for asthma attacks among young people have risen in September. This seasonal increase is attributed to colds and viruses, the possible anxiety around returning to school, high levels of environmental allergens in late summer and children not taking their preventer medicine regularly over the summer.

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Implementing pressure ulcer prevention in a Welsh nursing home

Implementing pressure ulcer prevention in a Welsh nursing home

Pressure ulcers represent expensive adverse events and are a significant cause of pain and distress to patients. This article examines a SKIN bundle approach that was implemented in a Welsh nursing home to assist in the prevention of pressure damage. An educational intervention specifically designed to aid implementation was put in place and a series of audits were performed to collect nursing team members’ knowledge of pressure ulcer prevention and occurrence. The authors outline how staff’s knowledge scores increased dramatically following education and how pressure ulcer prevalence subsequently remained low.

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The role of nutrition in the management of COPD patients

The role of nutrition in the management of COPD patients

This article examines the role of malnutrition in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Until recently, weight loss was considered an inevitable consequence of COPD, however, modern research has demonstrated that weight gain is in fact achievable and can result in functional improvements. It is important that community nurses are aware of the importance of nutrition in COPD, both in screening for malnutrition and developing appropriate treatment plans, including the use of oral nutritional supplements alongside dietary advice and counselling. The current NHS policy of moving care 'closer to home' is resulting in more complex COPD patients being managed in the community and with this comes the challenge of managing reduced weight and low oral intake. It is, therefore, essential that community nurses develop the necessary skills and resources to deal with this growing group of patients.

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