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In brief
Emergency care nurse Una Clarke,
studying for an MSc in applied
psychology, is looking for people
for research into how nurses
respond to stress. Studies have
already found that nurses rate
violence, the death of a child,
critical illness, sudden death and
major incidents as among the
most stressful events in emergency
care. The research aims to
investigate if nurses report
post-traumatic stress disorder
(PTSD) and complex PTSD, and
whether regular exposure to
psychological stressors has
long-term implications for them.
Nurses who want to take part must
work in an emergency department.
Go to tinyurl.com/z6ockt8
Nursing students in Manchester
are being trained in how to use
technology for making vital signs
observations and spotting early
deterioration in patients. The
University of Manchester has
already trained 400 students to
digitally capture patient vital
signs using technology called
Patientrack. NHS hospitals across
Manchester and other parts of the
UK are using the technology to
prevent harm and reduce mortality.
Former emergency department
matron Carol Wilde, now clinical
skills tutor at the university’s
School of Nursing, Midwifery and
Social Work, said: ‘As the NHS
becomes paperless, we need to give
students a real feel for the systems
they will be using.’
Correction
Several answers to self-assessment
questionnaire number 74, on page
37 of our April issue, were incorrect.
The correct answers are: 1 b, 4 b,
5 c, 7 b, 9 c.
The answer to question 4 of
self-assessment questionnaire
number 75, on page 37 of our
May issue, should be a, not b.
We apologise for these errors.
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June 2016 | Volume 24 | Number 3
Emergency department
expansion includes
frailty-friendly design
NURSES ARE being recruited for Europe’s first
‘frailty friendly’ emergency department (ED),
due to open at Leicester Royal Infirmary in
March next year.
The hospital’s ED is being expanded across
the entire ground floor to increase capacity
and accommodate all emergency admissions,
including acute frailty admissions. The
department has been designed with input from
the charity Age UK to ensure its suitability,
with plans to provide a specific area for
dementia patients.
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
ED matron Andy Coser said it is hoped these
steps will reduce the impact of hospitalisation
on dementia patients.
‘The whole floor has been designed to
reduce the impact of falls if they happen; the
colour and the lighting choices are affected
too. In the area for dementia patients we hope
to be able to reduce the sound level.’
■■ For more details about the plans go to
tinyurl.com/jkzps7e
The new emergency department will offer a specific area for dementia patients with reduced sound levels
Heatwave plan outlines
how staff can flag up
risks to public health
NURSES’ INPUT is key to protecting vulnerable
patients during a heatwave, says Public Health
England (PHE).
PHE’s heatwave plan outlines how health
and social care professionals can alert people
to hot-weather risks, such as heatstroke and
respiratory and heart problems – and help
them prepare for a heatwave.
The plan includes a series of guides for
staff in hospitals, care homes, schools, and the
community. Staff are urged to read and act on
them ahead of and during the summer.
Advice for community staff on home visits
includes ensuring patients know how to seek
medical help, have working fridges and fans,
and wear light cotton clothes. Medication that
exacerbates heatstroke, such as those that can
cause dehydration, should be reviewed.
School nurses and teachers should make
sure children have plenty to drink and wear
sunscreen and hats outside.
In care homes, all staff should be aware
of symptoms of heat-related illness and
have a ready supply of water and
rehydration salts.
■■ Advice for health and social care
professionals is at tinyurl.com/pzjezvy
Stroke patients ‘feel
abandoned’ when they
come out of hospital
ALMOST HALF of all stroke survivors feel
abandoned when they leave hospital,
and one third are discharged without a care
plan, a survey has found.
The Stroke Association questioned
1,174 patients in England about their
experience of stroke care and support as
part of its New Era campaign, calling on the
government to commit to a new national
stroke strategy to care for those in recovery
post-operation.
■■ For more details and to sign the petition go
to tinyurl.com/gpfm46b
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