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AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To consider the validity and reliability of risk assessment scales for pressure ulcers. BACKGROUND Pressure ulcers are a major problem worldwide. They cause morbidity and lead to mortality. Risk assessment scales have been available for nearly 50 years, but there is insufficient evidence to state with any certainty that they are… (More)
AIM The study aimed at investigating the conflict management styles used by nurse managers in the Sultanate of Oman. BACKGROUND Conflict is inevitable in daily nursing work. Several styles are used to manage conflict situations. In previous studies conducted in Western countries, avoiding and compromising conflict management styles appear to be the first… (More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To compare three risk assessment scales with respect to predictive validity BACKGROUND In paediatrics there are several competing scales and at least ten published paediatric pressure ulcer risk assessment scales have been identified. However there are few studies exploring the validity of such scales, and none identified that compares… (More)
A number of computerised and networked clinical and administrative systems are currently being used in the NHS. Networks can be confined to a single area or may be part of a wide area network, such as the NHSNet. Computer networks used by nurses must address clinical needs and be relevant to patient care.
Much is written about risk-assessment scales (RASs) for pressure ulcers (PU) and their properties demonstrating that they are of limited value. Less is known about the reasons for these limitations and the scope for improvement. This review examines issues such as structure and scoring for the Norton, Waterlow and Braden scales, showing that the… (More)
AIM The objective of this study was to investigate the attitudes of community hospital staff towards clinical guidelines. METHOD Twenty four staff members from 11 hospitals in one community trust were interviewed. The participants, primarily F and G grade nurses, but also some physiotherapists and occupational therapists, were asked about their use of,… (More)
This survey compares the use of computer networks in NHS trusts and academic departments. The two types of organisation have different needs and patterns of use. The author discusses the potential of the Internet, NHSNet and other networks for nurses in both clinical and educational settings.
AIMS To compare physical activity levels, body mass index, habitual diet, tobacco use and prevalence of non-communicable disease between the two ethnic groups and to identify predictors for differences between groups. BACKGROUND Tobacco use, poor diet and physical inactivity are major lifestyle risk factors for chronic cardiovascular diseases, certain… (More)
BACKGROUND Pressure ulcers are a common problem among hospitalised patients. Several prevalence studies have been conducted internationally but there is a paucity of research on pressure ulcer in the Arab world in general and in Jordan specifically. PURPOSE The aim of this study was to quantify the prevalence rate of pressure ulcers in Jordan, and to… (More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To determine whether use of a risk assessment scale reduces nosocomial pressure ulcers. BACKGROUND There is contradictory evidence concerning the validity of risk assessment scales. The interaction of education, clinical judgement and use of risk assessment scales has not been fully explored. It is not known which of these is most… (More)