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Study reveals how gardens could help dementia care

Study reveals how gardens could help dementia care

A new study has revealed that gardens in care homes could provide promising therapeutic benefits for patients suffering from dementia.

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Nurses turn popstars to promote hand hygiene

Nurses turn popstars to promote hand hygiene

Nurses from Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have come up with a unique way to publicise hand hygiene by producing a YouTube video set to the popular 1970s pop hit Carwash, a song originally made famous by the band Rolls Royce.

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JCN wants to help you get started on Twitter…

JCN wants to help you get started on Twitter…

JCN has been using Twitter for some time now and we want to help you get started on this excellent way of keeping in touch with colleagues or finding out about clinical updates and new goings-on in the world of community nursing.

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Psychological issues around emotional overeating not addressed by healthcare professionals

Psychological issues around emotional overeating not addressed by healthcare professionals

Misunderstanding, lack of help and stigma affect people with emotional overeating issues finds a survey by Beat – the UK’s leading eating disorder charity, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

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Reducing the risk of infection in indwelling catheterisation

Reducing the risk of infection in indwelling catheterisation

Caring for patients with indwelling catheters is common in nursing practice in all settings (Foxley, 2011), despite being the last resort for patients with long-term bladder control problems. Community nurses in particular will regularly encounter patients with indwelling catheters, ranging from those with nerve damage such as spina bifida, multiple sclerosis (MS), stroke or spinal injury; those with debilitating or terminal illness with loss of mobility; to those who may lack the cognitive ability or sufficient awareness to use the toilet. Catheterisation carries a high risk of infection, resulting in an increased burden of care and cost to healthcare providers. It can also negatively impact on patient wellbeing. Providing for these patients 'around the clock' can be a particular problem in the community, with carers and patients requiring education in how to manage both the catheters themselves, as well as the accompanying equipment at night. This article provides a background to long-term catheterisation, before looking at ways of preventing infection as well as the techniques and equipment that can better enable 24-hour care.

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