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Dehydration and electrolyte disturbance

01 May 1999

Elderly Care


Aims and outcomes The aim of this article is to draw attention to the important part played by nurses in the early detection, prevention and treatment of dehydration...

Oedema: causes, physiology and nursing management

07 September 2004

Nursing Standard


In this article, Georgina Casey examines the underlying causes of oedema to enable nurses to effectively assess, care and treat patients with this condition.

Effects of oral sodium picosulphate Picolax® on urea and electrolytes

20 July 2005

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Aim To investigate the effects of sodium picosulphate (Picolax®) oral bowel preparation on levels of serum urea, electrolytes and glucose in patients undergoing...

The importance of fluid balance in clinical practice

30 July 2008

Nursing Standard


This article reviews the physiology that underpins normal fluid balance and discusses how fluid balance can be affected by illness. Clinical assessment of hydration...

Tissue viability: understanding the mechanisms of injury and repair

06 December 2006

Nursing Standard


This article provides an overview of the pathophysiological processes that relate to tissue viability. Processes such as cellular damage, oedema and the inflammatory...

Promoting safe administration of subcutaneous infusions

11 April 2007

Nursing Standard


Despite the many benefits of subcutaneous therapy, this route is less commonly used in general patients than the intravenous route. The authors discuss safe practice...