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Identifying and assessing anxiety in pre-operative patients

26 August 2009

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Increasing demands for hospitals to be more efficient mean that patients attending for an operation are generally admitted on the day of surgery. As a result,...

Pre-operative assessment of elective surgical patients

28 March 2012

Nursing Standard


Patients due to undergo elective surgery who are not considered to be medically fit, may have their operation postponed or even cancelled. Not only will this result...

Using targeted information to meet the needs of surgical patients

24 August 2011

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Staying in hospital, particularly when undergoing surgical treatment, may be emotionally distressing. Patients may have to deal with separation from family and...

Cyclical vomiting syndrome: diagnosis, causes and treatment

10 February 2010

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Cyclical vomiting syndrome (CVS) is a disorder of unknown cause. Patients experience episodes of sudden violent vomiting that last from a few hours to a few days,...