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Rapid sequence induction in urgent care settings

05 March 2014

Emergency Nurse

Art & Science

In the management of critically ill patients in emergency departments, rapid sequence induction (RSI) of anaesthesia is often required. This article examines the...

Pre-operative fasting: putting research into practice

16 June 1999

Nursing Standard

A&S Science

A period of fasting prior to anaesthesia for surgery is necessary to prevent aspiration of stomach contents which can be potentially fatal. It has, however, become...

Use of digital nerve blocks to provide anaesthetic relief

09 September 2011

Emergency Nurse


This article discusses the various techniques that nursescan use to perform digital nerve blocks, which are some of the most common procedures undertaken by...

Biological reductionism of self-harm

01 May 2007

Mental Health Practice


There is a worrying trend in psychiatric nursing. Support is growing for the theory that self-harm results from alleged neurotransmitter abnormalities in the brain,...

Integrating physician assistants into the practice setting

01 November 2010

Nursing Management


The role of anaesthetic practitioner was established in England using the National Anaesthesia Practitioner Curriculum Framework (Department of Health 2005) and is...

Paediatric anaesthesia: an overview

28 October 2015

Nursing Standard


This article provides an overview of the nursing considerations for paediatric anaesthesia. It is aimed at newly qualified operating department practitioners and...

Pre-operative fasting for elective surgical patients

01 February 2006

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Aim To explore the knowledge, past experience, perceptions and opinions of nurses working in surgical units at a local hospital with regard to pre-operative fasting...

Malignant hyperthermia

22 March 2006

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Malignant hyperthermia, also known as malignant hyperpyrexia, is a pharmacogenetic condition which can develop during general anaesthesia and can be fatal. The...

Site-specific skin reactions to amethocaine

01 June 2006

Paediatric Nursing

A&S Science

Aim: To identify the incidence of children who have local reactions to amethocaine and whether site and age are important factors in the occurrence of local...

Understanding perioperative nursing

25 August 1999

Nursing Standard


Perioperative nursing is a complex arena that involves various roles and procedures. The authors here argue that the key to success is good multidisciplinary...