Using an evidence-based approach to thrombolysis
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Using an evidence-based approach to thrombolysis

B Nancy Loveridge Practice development adviser, Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospital NHS Trust

B NANCY LOVERIDGE believes emergency nurses have a moral and professional duty to ensure a prompt, safe and effective thrombolysis service is in place to reduce the incidence of patient mortality in A&E

Forging links between theory and practice in a bid to affirm evidenced based practice (EBP) is a central component of clinical governance (Moores 1999). The nursing contribution to evidenced based medicine (EBM) and EBP is further established by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (2002) Code of Conduct; clause 6.5 specifies: ‘You have a responsibility to deliver care based on current evidence, best practice and, where applicable, validated research when it is available.’

Emergency Nurse. 10, 5, 25-32. doi: 10.7748/en2002.

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