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The value of OTs to older people in A&E

01 February 2002

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The National Service Framework for Older People published in 2001 in England requires action to improve the discharge process of older people from hospital....

Benefits of aspirin considerably outweigh risks

01 February 2002

Emergency Nurse

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This meta-analysis of 287 studies involving 135,000 patients sought to determine the effects of antiplatelet therapy among patients at high risk. The main outcome...

Is the visual analogue scale for measuring pain reliable?

01 February 2002

Emergency Nurse

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Reliable and valid measures of pain are needed to advance research initiatives on appropriate and effective use of analgesia in the emergency department,...

Benifits of nurse initiated thrombolysis

01 August 2002

Emergency Nurse

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Prompt thrombolytic treatment is well established in the management of acute myocardial infarction (MI), and mortality is reduced and clinical outcome improved if...

Dangers of rubber bullet use in crowd control

01 August 2002

Emergency Nurse

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Between 1970 and 1975, over 55 000 rubber bullets were fired in Northern Ireland, with an estimated death rate of one in 18 000 rounds used, and serious injury rate...

Oxygen sats as a predictor of paediatric admission

01 November 2002

Emergency Nurse

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Previous studies have looked at the relationship between initial oxygen saturation (SaO2) and the need for admission in children presenting with an acute asthma...

Do public access defibrillators improve survival chances?

01 November 2002

Emergency Nurse

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Three quarters of all deaths from acute coronary events occur before the patient reaches a hospital. Interest in providing public access defibrillators has been...

The value of ottawa ankle rules

01 April 2003

Emergency Nurse

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Most patients who present to emergency departments with ankle sprains undergo radiography but less than 15 per cent have fractures. This small yield triggered the...

Do walk-in centres affect attendances elsewhere?

01 April 2003

Emergency Nurse

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Offering alternative patient access to hard pressed emergency departments and general practices was one of the driving forces behind establishing NHS walk-in centres...

Calls to NHS direct: qualifications matter

01 May 2003

Emergency Nurse

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About 40 per cent of the calls to NHS Direct concern children. This study sought to determine whether call length and outcome differed depending on whether...