Monthly Archives: July 2015

Benefits of Alteplase Outweigh Risks (BBC News / MHRA)

Summary The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) review into the safety of alteplase, the thrombolytic (clot-busting) drug for the treatment of strokes, has concluded that alteplase is “safe and effective”. The expert working group of the UK’s Commission … Continue reading

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NICE Consultation on Draft Guidelines for Care of the Dying Adult (BBC News / NICE)

Summary The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has released draft guidelines concerning the care of adults potentially entering the last days of their lives while in the care of the NHS. The guideline covers people dying from … Continue reading

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Updated NHS Constitution for England (Department of Health)

Summary The NHS Constitution defines the rights of patients, public and staff, by clarifying NHS commitments and outlining the mutual obligations between the public, patients and staff. The NHS Constitution and the Handbook to the NHS Constitution have been updated … Continue reading

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The Power of Language: Weighing the Pros and Cons of the Term “Frailty” (Nursing Times / Age UK / BGS / BritainThinks)

Summary The “Frailty: Language and Perceptions” report, commissioned by Age UK and the British Geriatrics Society, indicates that use of the word “frailty” could deter older people from accessing services. Medical terminology such as “frailty” (and presumably “geriatric” too?) sometimes … Continue reading

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Lessons From Serious Failings in Care in Hospitals (AoMRC / Scottish Academy)

Summary The Short-Life Working Group on Hospital Reports, Chaired by Professor Alan Paterson OBE, from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) and Faculties in Scotland (Scottish Academy) examined recent reports concerning failings / poor quality care in hospitals; including … Continue reading

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Exploring Applications of the Appreciative Inquiry Methodology (JCN / Open Nursing Journal / BMC Nursing / Dementia)

Summary Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a qualitative research methodology which has roots in action research, organisational learning and organisational culture change. Articles have been published recently which incorporate appreciative inquiry in their approach to various healthcare topics of interest. Exploring … Continue reading

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Further Steps in the Urgent Care Review (NHS England)

Summary Eight Urgent and Emergency Care Vanguards are to explore changes in approaches to integrated care, whereby organisations work together better to provide care in a more joined up manner to benefit patients. Urgent care will be delivered not in … Continue reading

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Investigating Activity, Nutrition and Hydration Among People With Dementia in Care Homes (Bournemouth University / Burdett Trust for Nursing)

Summary Research in Dorset care homes conducted by Bournemouth University, funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing, has revealed significant individual variations in physical activity, possibly relating to observed variations in calorie and fluid intake among people with dementia. Daily … Continue reading

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Music Therapy for Dementia Care Home Residents (BMC Geriatrics)

Summary Further evidence points to the efficacy of music therapy for dementia patients, in terms of facilitating improvements in psychological wellbeing and reducing disruptive behaviour in care home environments. Research based at the Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge indicates that … Continue reading

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Care Costs Cap Delayed = Dementia Tax Prolonged (BBC News / UK Parliament)

Summary Proposals for a maximum £72,000 cap on care costs per person, earlier planned to start in April 2016, have been deferred at least until 2020 and probably indefinitely. Full Text Link Reference Triggle, N. (2015). Is the cap on … Continue reading

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