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Wounds and evidence of infection

12 March 1997

Nursing Standard

Special focus: tissue viability

Infection is the most common complication of wound healing. One of the many challenges facing nurses involved in wound care is the early and accurate identification...

Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus

12 March 1997

Nursing Standard

Special focus: Tissue viability

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has had a major impact on health care causing much anxiety and distress to patients and staff, and resulting in...

Prevention and management of pneumococcal disease

14 November 2001

Nursing Standard

CPD

Pneumococcal pneumonia is associated with high mortality in immunocompromised and older people. The authors discuss the role nurses have in increasing awareness of...

Severe sepsis in A&E

01 September 2005

Emergency Nurse

CPD

In this article, the author clarifies the definition of sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock, describes the physiological changes that occur and the initial...

Toxic shock syndrome

01 October 2007

Emergency Nurse

CPD

Toxic shock syndrome is outlined, paying particular attention to the important role of nurses in its diagnosis and early management

MRSA in intensive care

18 April 2001

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is becoming more prevalent, particularly in intensive care settings. To prevent its transmission, all patients...

MRSA: an infection control overview

23 July 2003

Nursing Standard

CPD

MRSA is challenging nursing and medical professionals in hospitals and the community. Effective antibiotic therapy and risk assessment are needed together with good...

An overview of meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia

04 November 2009

Emergency Nurse

CPD

This article provides an overview of meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia, which can have devastating effects. Nurses working in acute and primary care must be...

Streptococcal infection and older people

01 November 2001

Nursing Older People

General

Streptococci were originally the bacteria most frequently implicated in cross-infection in healthcare settings. Between 1930 and 1950 they were notorious for causing...

Assessing, treating and managing patients with sepsis

24 August 2005

Nursing Standard

CPD

This article outlines the causes, signs and symptoms of systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS), sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock, the implications and...