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Advocacy within health care and nursing is a frequently discussed concept, but the many practical problems it can create for nurses are not always considered. This article explores some of the problems identified in the literature and through practice. It suggests that instead of being used as a confrontational means of gaining power, advocacy should become… (More)
The aims of reality orientation, which was discussed in the previous article of this series (Vol 7(17): 1018-20), are to achieve behavioural improvements. The aims of reminiscence, however, are empowerment and the provision of pleasure and it is therefore more associated with quality of life and quality of care. Reminiscence can be an enjoyable activity.… (More)
Central venous catheters are increasingly being used in a variety of clinical areas outside critical care. Philip Woodrow examines the indications, measuring techniques and complications associated with central venous pressure monitoring.
Most acute wards occasionally receive patients with tracheostomies, but relatively infrequent experience of caring for these patients means that nurses have limited opportunities to practise their knowledge and skills. This article examines the indications for using a tracheostomy and provides a problem-centred approach to patient care.
Nurses working in acute care settings will encounter patients with various head injuries. Philip Woodrow describes the nurse's role in care planning, monitoring and assessing these patients, and in providing a safe environment for their recovery.
Temperature is a vital sign which can be measured using various types of clinical thermometers. Pulmonary artery temperature is considered the 'gold standard', but this measurement is not usually clinically practical. There is currently no consensus for optimal alternative site or equipment. This research compares 178 simultaneous measurements from 5… (More)