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The importance of the pelvis in posture, seating and pressure care

Introduction

Patients who have movement difficulties often spend longer periods of time sitting out in chairs, particularly in nursing/care homes or in their own residence. It is important to ensure that the seating being used is correct in terms of size and that adequate support is being provided to enable stability, comfort and function. Otherwise, asymmetry of the pelvis can impact on posture and secondary complications such as pressure damage can develop.

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Sponsored by: CareFlex Limited
Topics: Pressure Care
Length: 90 minutes
Status: Not started

What you need to know about caring for the skin around a stoma

Introduction

Simply trying to cope can be a challenge for the many people in the UK who have a stoma — this can include issues such as how to clean and maintain the appliance and what to do if there is a complication once they have been discharged home into the community. The community nurse is often the first point of contact when there are problems with a stoma in the patient’s home and may have to advise on how to change a stoma appliance as well as how to deal with issues such as skin stripping and leaking.

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Sponsored by: Journal of Community Nursing
Topics: Skin Care, Stoma Care
Status: Unit started

How to select the best compression hosiery for your patient

Introduction

Compression hosiery plays a key role in the prevention and management of lymphovenous disease-related skin changes such as varicose veins, venous leg ulceration, and chronic oedema. Every patient must be assessed to determine their suitability to wear hosiery, which requires an understanding of assessment and the range of different products available.

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Sponsored by: Activa Healthcare Limited
Topics: Wound Management, Lymphoedema
Status: Unit started

The importance of hand hygiene in preventing the spread of infection

Introduction

One of the most important things that you can do to help prevent infection and the spread of illnesses is to wash your hands well and to ensure that carers and patients are aware of the benefits of good hand hygiene.

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Sponsored by: Schülke & Mayr GmbH
Topics: Infection Control
Status: Unit started

The provision of adequate hydration in community patients

Introduction
Hydration is an easily overlooked but crucial element of general health that nurses working in the community need to be particularly aware of. Monitoring what people eat and drink is vital if dehydration, as well as deterioration in other conditions such as diabetes, is to be avoided.

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Sponsored by: Journal of Community Nursing
Topics: Nutrition
Status: Unit started

Management of venous leg ulcers: assess, dress and compress

Introduction

Venous leg ulcers are a common problem in the community, with which nurses should be familiar if they are to combat the pain, social isolation and depression that accompany this debilitating condition.

It is important that community nurses know how to assess, diagnose and treat leg ulcers, as well as being familiar with the different types of compression available.

If community nurses apply the information contained in this article, as well as completing the associated online test, they will be better equipped to provide evidence-based care and advice for patients living with venous leg ulceration.

Unit details
Sponsored by: Activa Healthcare Limited
Topics: Wound Management
Status: Unit started