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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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Principles underlying urinary catheterisation in the community

Principles underlying urinary catheterisation in the community

This article examines the various elements that community nurses need to consider when attempting to provide best practice in urinary catheterisation. The author seeks to challenge what is considered best practice — particularly the requirement for all practice to be evidence based — while encouraging community nurses to think proactively about the care they are providing. The article stresses that the first principle of urinary catheterisation is to avoid the procedure where at all possible — catheterisation is potentially dangerous and can even be life-threatening if performed inappropriately. Overall, the author poses some key questions, including: should there be a difference in the care provided by community and hospital nurses; do community patients have the same needs as those in hospital; and can the manufacturers of drugs/products help to make avoiding urinary tract infections (UTIs) easier?

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Diagnosing, assessing and managing cellulitis in the community

Diagnosing, assessing and managing cellulitis in the community

Cellulitis is an acute bacterial infection of the skin and underlying subcutaneous tissue, mostly caused by Group A Streptococci (Mortimer, 2000; Cox, 2009) and Staphylococcus aureus (Hadzovic et al, 2012) (Figure 1). It can occur anywhere on the body, but most commonly affects the lower limb in 75–90% of cases (Tsao and Johnson, 1997).

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