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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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JCN talks to those working in the community.

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Wound care in the community: infection, exudate and conformability

Wound care in the community: infection, exudate and conformability

Community nurses require a wide skill set to deal with the variety of clinical presentations they meet in any given day. This includes wound care, which can present nurses with a range of  management challenges, i.e. how to combat infection, which kind of dressings to use to control exudate volume and how to ensure that dressings provide patient comfort and do not further damage the wound or skin on removal. It is important, therefore, that community nurses have access to a range of versatile products that can be used in a variety of clinical situations and which are also cost-effective. This article examines some of the common wound care issues that community nurses can face, as well as looking at how a versatile wound dressing (Durafiber® Ag; Smith & Nephew) — which has a variety of applications in primary care — can help with some of these issues.

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