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BLS Conference 2014 - Managing the Whole Patient - 5-7 October, ICC, Birmingham

BLS Conference 2014 - Managing the Whole Patient - 5-7 October, ICC, Birmingham

This year’s British Lymphology Society (BLS) conference covers topics of interest suggested by its members, such as surgical techniques, aftercare, alternatives, exercise, myofascial release, scar management, laser and psychosocial aspects of lymphoedema.

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QNI Conference calls for NHS to deliver more healthcare in the community

QNI Conference calls for NHS to deliver more healthcare in the community

Over 300 community nurses, allied health professionals and policymakers attended the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) conference in London on 29 September.

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Learning the easy way

Learning the easy way

Keeping up with your CPD requirements often means attending dull study days in uninspiring classroom blocks. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Jason Beckford-Ball took a look at a different type of education, where first-class clinical expertise is shared in luxury surroundings, free of charge.

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The use of a faecal management system in sacral pressure ulcer care

The use of a faecal management system in sacral pressure ulcer care

This article aims to explore the perception that treatment of sacral pressure ulcers is costly and time-consuming, especially when faced with faecally incontinent patients with loose stool.  The authors’ tissue viability service used a faecal management system to prevent faeces from coming into contact with the wound bed for 12 weeks, while simultaneously allowing a conventional dressing to perform to its maximum ability. A total cost and wound-healing comparison was carried out in two community patients who were faecally incontinent and bed-bound. One patient was managed with a faecal management system and the other with incontinence pads. The authors found that although the purchase of the faecal management system was initially costly, the frequency of dressing change was reduced, the patient felt more comfortable and fewer visits from the community nurses were necessary. Also, faster healing rates were demonstrated by reductions in wound size. This technique requires further studies with a larger sample size to ascertain its true benefits, particularly around wound healing.

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