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Preventing long-term brain damage in alcohol-dependent patients

09 January 2013

Nursing Standard

A&S Science

An inadequate supply of thiamine (vitamin Bx) to the brain can result in Wernicke’s encephalopathy, which is an acute neuropsychiatric disorder. This article...

Alcohol misuse: assessment, treatment and aftercare

26 September 2014

Nursing Older People

Art & Science

Alcohol misuse among older adults is increasing, with evidence of its adverse effects on health. However, healthcare professionals and patients may be uncomfortable...

An overview of the management of patients with chronic pancreatitis

23 November 2016

Nursing Standard

CPD

Chronic pancreatitis is a complex inflammatory condition characterised by irreversible damage to the pancreas. This article explores the pathophysiology of this...

Improving services for people with alcohol-related problems

27 May 2009

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

From March 2007 to April 2008 the Royal College of Nursing supported a project to improve services for people with alcohol-related problems by demonstrating and...

Alcohol misuse in adolescents

20 June 2012

Nursing Standard

CPD

Alcohol misuse in young people is of growing concern, even though alcohol consumption among adolescents has declined over recent years. Many 15 year olds have...

Implications of tours of duty on service personnel’s mental health

09 June 2016

Mental Health Practice

Art & Science

Many service personnel return home from overseas deployment dramatically changed by their experiences, but, unlike physical wounds, mental health issues are less...

The rapid responders

23 March 2010

Nursing Standard

Features

A Birmingham A&E department has introduced a 24-hour rapid response team to assess and treat patients with mental health problems.

Time to change?

12 May 2009

Nursing Standard

Feature

The issue of whether to license brothels will be a subject of debate at this year’s RCN congress.

Runaways at risk

20 April 2010

Nursing Standard

Feature

The needs of young runaways remain largely hidden from health and social care professionals. Yet up to 10,000 will be away from home for more than four weeks.

Sobering message

13 June 2006

Nursing Standard

Feature

As Northern Ireland’s first alcohol liaison nurse, Gary Doherty has dramatically reduced the number of hospital admissions where misuse was an issue. His work has...