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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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University backs return to nursing campaign

University backs return to nursing campaign

A nationwide campaign has been launched today by Health Education England making it easier than ever before for nurses to return to practice. Aimed at registered nurses who have left practice, the ‘Come back to nursing’ campaign will make the transition back into practice as accessible as possible by offering financial aid, childcare support, mentors and theory and clinical-based training. 

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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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How wound cleansing and debriding aids management and healing

How wound cleansing and debriding aids management and healing

Wound debridement can be challenging for community nurses, who need to be able to quickly identify a wound’s status in order to proceed with treatment. This article looks at some of the basic factors that nurses should consider when debriding and cleaning a wound, paying particular attention to assessment and ‘seeing’ the wound, and how clinicians can better remove potentially damaging material such as slough and necrosis. The article also investigates how clinicians caring for patients with leg ulceration can treat the ‘whole leg’. Finally, the authors consider the benefits of a new product, the UCS® debridement cloth (medi UK), and its ability to help community nurses gently debride and clean wounds of all types, as well as reducing the burden of using buckets of water to clean patients’ lower limbs. This has important implications for many community nurses, particularly concerning strain to the back during lower limb cleansing and the infection risk of transporting, cleaning and storing buckets in patients’ homes. There is also a time factor, as debridement cloths mean that visiting nurses can reduce the time associated with filling and emptying buckets in both clinic and home environments.

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The role of nutrition in the management of COPD patients

The role of nutrition in the management of COPD patients

This article examines the role of malnutrition in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Until recently, weight loss was considered an inevitable consequence of COPD, however, modern research has demonstrated that weight gain is in fact achievable and can result in functional improvements. It is important that community nurses are aware of the importance of nutrition in COPD, both in screening for malnutrition and developing appropriate treatment plans, including the use of oral nutritional supplements alongside dietary advice and counselling. The current NHS policy of moving care 'closer to home' is resulting in more complex COPD patients being managed in the community and with this comes the challenge of managing reduced weight and low oral intake. It is, therefore, essential that community nurses develop the necessary skills and resources to deal with this growing group of patients.

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