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Alleviating pre-operative anxiety in patients: a study

04 June 1997

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This study aimed to provide an objective view of the relationship between the giving of information, anxiety and hospital admission. Previous research has suggested...

Benefits of pre-operative information programmes

04 August 2004

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Background Thousands of patients undergo surgical procedures daily. Research has shown the benefits of giving pre-operative information to patients, which include...

Preparing children and young people for stoma surgery

01 May 2006

Paediatric Nursing


There is little published literature regarding children and young people with stomas and their pre-operative care. Research in adults reveals negative psychosocial...

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,...

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...

Preparation of children for spinal surgery: an exploratory study

01 December 2006

Paediatric Nursing


Aim The United Kingdom (UK) Scoliosis Association (2001) estimate that three in every 1,000 adolescents with scoliosis require hospital treatment amounting to at...

Caring for patients with limb amputation

07 October 2015

Nursing Standard


This article provides an overview of the care of patients undergoing limb amputation. Absence of a limb can be congenital or the result of trauma or complications of...

Understanding the issues experienced by older people undergoing emergency surgery

23 June 2021

Nursing Older People

post-operative care

The number of older people undergoing surgery in the UK is increasing, partly due to an ageing population and advances in surgical techniques. However, outcomes for...

Use of femoral nerve blocks in adults with hip fractures

28 August 2013

Nursing Standard

Learning Zone

Healthcare professionals will be aware of the need to improve treatment of hip fractures, with the ultimate goal of returning the individual to pre-injury health....

An overview of the principles of preoperative care

24 August 2018

Nursing Standard

surgical care

There has been an increase in the number of patients requiring surgery who also have complex medical needs. Factors such as being overweight, the presence of...