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Infection control

29 March 2000

Nursing Standard


Dee May looks at the prevalence and cost of hospital-acquired infection, how epidemiological changes have influenced the way infections are prevented and managed,...

Identifying and combating the risk of pressure

06 October 1999

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Risk assessment tools for pressure sores are commonplace in most nursing settings. This article describes a situation where a woman in a maternity unit developed...

Infusion devices: characteristics, limitations and risk management

26 March 2003

Nursing Standard


Safe administration of IV therapy requires skilled use of the equipment, knowledge of the associated risks and the prevention of adverse consequences. The authors...

beyond zero tolerance in caring for people with learning disability

01 October 2007

Learning Disability Practice

A&S Science

Since its inauguration in 1999, the concept of zero tolerance (Department of Health (DH) 1999) has become well-established in care settings. Current policy...

What colour is aggression?

01 December 2003

Mental Health Practice


The NHS Executive (1999) says of acute psychiatric wards: ‘The accommodation should provide for pleasant groupings of bedrooms [and] attractively arranged and...

Runaway patients

01 September 2003

Mental Health Practice

A&S Science

When a patient absconds, it’s a worrying thing for the nurses on any acute psychiatric ward. Questions buzz through their heads, such as: ‘Will he be all right?’,...

A development programme for senior nurses

01 November 2006

Nursing Management

Applied leadership

The heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT), Birmingham, has consistently demonstrated a commitment to developing senior nurses by supporting their...

Living alone with dementia: risk and the professional role

01 December 2004

Nursing Older People


The number of people with dementia is increasing alongside the social trend of a greater proportion of the population living on their own. But there appear to be few...

Vignettes to assess healthcare staff perceptions of risk

01 January 2008

Nurse Researcher

A&S Science

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS), now in its sixth decade, has seen rapid advances in medical devices used in the diagnosis, therapy and treatment of patients....

An empirical investigation of pressure ulcer risk factors

23 August 2000

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Despite many improvements in practice, pressure ulcers continue to be a source of concern to nurses and distress to patients. Clearly, there are no simple solutions...