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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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And, he’s off…

And, he’s off…

Andrew Kingsley started his 200-mile two-day cycle ride today to raise funds and awareness for Leg Clubs. This journey will see him travel up through the country, with his final destination being the Leg Club Conference at the Worcester Rugby Club on Wednesday afternoon.

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Surface that mimics shark skin can be used to fight infection

Surface that mimics shark skin can be used to fight infection

Transmission of bacterial infections, including meticillin -resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and meticillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA), could be curbed by coating health-related equipment surfaces with microscopic bumps that mimic the scaly surface of shark skin, according to research published in the open access journal Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control.

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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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Effectiveness of an MRSA 'seek-anddestroy' approach in care homes

Effectiveness of an MRSA 'seek-anddestroy' approach in care homes

Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) colonisation can lead to invasive infection and subsequently harm to patients. The prevalence of MRSA within care homes is poorly understood and, thus, the benefits of implementing a decolonisation regimen across a number of care homes was previously unknown. However, the MRSA prevalence surveillance outlined in this article showed that by proactively identifying MRSA carriers and decolonising residents, levels of MRSA fell from 10.2% in the first prevalence, to 6.8% in the second. The authors concluded that this simple strategy has the potential to reduce MRSA burden and patient harm.

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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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