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Assessing and managing wound pain

Pain assessment should form part of the initial wound assessment, and there are many pain tools available. Nemeth et al (2003) reviewed the five most commonly used tools for measuring leg ulcer pain,...

Allergic rhinitis: classification, diagnosis and treatment

Allergic rhinitis can be classified depending on the frequency and severity of...

Uncontrolled asthma in primary care: part 1

The British Guideline on the Management of Asthma (BTS/SIGN, 2019) defines the aim of asthma management as being to gain control of the disease, while the guideline from the National Institute for...

A brief guide to immunisation and the immunocompromised child or young person

During immunosuppression, the normal function of the immune system is inhibited. Treatments, such as chemotherapy, disrupt the normal function of the cell cycle, which consequently causes...

Practice nurses encouraged to use direct web-based referrals for ex-Forces patients

At The Poppy Factory, our employment consultants have expertise working with ex-Forces personnel with mild, moderate and complex mental and physical health conditions. We know employment can have a...

Zinc deficiency: an overlooked cause of poor health

Zinc is a trace element whose properties include regulation of gastrointestinal, immune, integumentary, reproductive and central nervous systems (Corbo and Lam, 2013). The body harbours two pools of...

Research Roundup

Annually, among under-fives in Europe, rotavirus gastroenteritis is responsible for 75 000 to 150 000 hospitalisations and up to some 600 000 medical encounters in emergency departments or outpatient...

Tools, guidance and key events for general practice nurses

The Queen's Nursing Institute (QNI) has published guidance for nurses working in primary and community care who are supporting patients living with long COVID. It updates and expands on previous...

What a year!

‘Practice Nursing provides nurses working in general practice with the tools to reach their full potential and deliver the best possible care to their patients. Our monthly journal informs and...

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UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) analysis suggests that nasal flu vaccine may also help reduce the rate of group A strep infections (Sinnathamby et al, 2022)..

Toxic mould, cold and health

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Data published by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA, 2022) has shown that there were 148 severe antibiotic-resistant infections a day in 2021..

Insights into what people think: being smart with advice on smoking

‘I don't care. I'm happy to be a smoker. It's my only outlet. I don't go out. I don't do anything else. I'm quite happy to be a smoker.’ Bluegrass/Social housing, Northern coastal town. Aged 35-44

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Breastfeeding and medication for long-term conditions

When prescribing to breastfeeding women we need to be aware that some of the drug which she takes is likely to pass to the baby via breastmilk. The British National Formulary (BNF) is not always a...

Supporting patients living with obesity in general practice

Provision of weight management services is criticised as patchy and inconsistent (Royal College of Physicians, 2015; Hazlehurst et al, 2020), despite well-evidenced need. Excess weight continues to...

COPD diagnosis delays: the role of general practice nurses

Up to 46 000 people missed out on a COPD diagnosis in 2021 (Department of Health and Social care, 2022), driven by lack of access to services such as spirometry..

Urban planning encouraging detours could be beneficial for older people

Dementia affects some 50 million people worldwide, and prevalence data show that an estimated 12.5% of people above the age of 60, and 17.3% of those aged over 85 years are affected by severe...

Tools, guidance and key events for general practice nurses

The Self Care Forum have created a factsheet to help people practice self-care. The factsheet called ‘The POWER of Self Care’ aims to give people the power to take control of their lives. POWER stands...

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Vaginal atrophy: what is it and how can it be treated?

The main symptoms of vaginal atrophy are vaginal dryness and irritation (Palacios et al, 2020; BMS, 2021). Table 2 shows the whole range of symptoms that can occur..

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SGLT2 inhibitors in type 2 diabetes: time to flozinate?

SGLT2 inhibitors, sometimes also referred to as ‘gliflozins’ or ‘flozins’ are an established class of medications, which are licensed for the treatment of (Table 1):.

Red legs: how to differentiate between cellulitis, venous eczema and lipodermatosclerosis

Cellulitis is an acute infection of the dermal and subcutaneous layers of the skin, often occurring after a local skin trauma (Bailey and Kroshinsky, 2011)..

Best practice for medicines management and vaccination

All vaccines are classified as Prescription Only Medicines (POM) under the legislation (HMR 2012), as such they cannot be supplied and/or administered unless there is a valid prescription/patient...

Getting involved in the GPN forum committee

The general practice nurse (GPN) forum should be the ideal place for people to test their wings and make their views and voice heard, to shape the current GPN outlook, maybe based on the Sonnet report...

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