The rate at which community nurses can claim for travel expenses was reduced on 1 July 2014, placing an increasing financial burden on staff, many of whom have experienced a public sector pay freeze in recent years.... > Read More
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A new study has revealed that gardens in care homes could provide promising therapeutic benefits for patients suffering from dementia.... > Read More
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a unique way to publicise hand hygiene by producing a YouTube video set to the popular 1970s pop hit Carwash, a song originally made famous by the band Rolls Royce.... > Read More
Infection prevention and control is an enormous challenge within the hospital environment, but with the changing face of the NHS meaning that more complex care is being provided in the community and within patients' homes, the goal of zero tolerance of preventable healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) is even more of a challenge. So-called 'super-bugs' put a tremendous strain on NHS resources, as well as compromising patients' recovery, quality of life and wellbeing, and are increasingly being seen in the community. This article looks at the provision of infection control in the community and how nurses need to organise services that involve patients in their own care. It also investigates the use of a range of infection control products, including a wash cap (octenisan® wash cap [schülke]), specifically designed for use in immobile patients.> Read More
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.> Read More
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