Thousands risk stroke as mini-stroke signs ignored

Courtesy of The Stroke Association

Thousands of people are at risk of stroke because they fail to recognise the signs of a Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA, also known as mini-stroke), according to the findings of a new poll(i) launched today on World Stroke Day (29 October 2012).

A Stroke Association survey of over 2,000 members of the public, conducted by ICM Research, revealed that:

  • Over two thirds (68%) of people did not recognise the symptoms of a TIA, with over a quarter (26%) believing they were symptoms of a heart attack.
  • Nearly nine out of ten people (87%) would be worried if they experienced the symptoms of a mini-stroke, yet almost three quarters (74%) wouldn’t take emergency action and go to hospital.
  • Over two thirds of respondents (68%) had never heard of TIA and two in five (40%) were unaware that a TIA was a warning sign of a major stroke.

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BJN: Dying to care: dignity at end of life

British Journal of Nursing, Vol. 21, Iss. 21, 22 Nov 2012, pp 1295

November is always a sad month for me -full of past but ever-present family bereavement and sadness. It always makes me dwell on dying and death from a personal and professional perspective and from both, I see the development of the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) as a significant improvement in care.

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BJN: Teaching and Learning: from staff nurse to nurse consultant. Part 11: seminars

British Journal of Nursing, Vol. 21, Iss. 21, 22 Nov 2012, pp 1287

If you are working in a clinical area and have some involvement with students, you may well see part of that role as teaching them about the sort of conditions and care that your patients require. You may also think that you have to do that by conducting mini lectures. Have you tried using seminars in your clinical area?

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Free Learning Leadership online demonstration

Free Learning Leadership online demonstration

by carla.madrilejo
FMLM’s Learning Leadership resource can help you to find out as it provides a fantastic resource full of articles, video interviews, CPD tracking, journals, e-books and much more. It gives you access to the latest best practice information on leadership and management direct from your PC. Visit this link to find out more,  FMLM is holding a free online Learning Leadership demonstration to show members how to get the most out of this system.

Potential dates for the online demonstration are 27 November at 1.30-2.30 pm and 6 and 7 December at 6.00-7.00 pm. To put down your name down and click here to choose which date(s) you can attend, we will pick the date that most attendees are available. We will pick the date confirm the date by 12 November when the demonstration will take place.

How one CCG is using Facebook to improve communication

Hamed Khan, Guardian Professional, Thursday 22 November 2012 08.30 GMT
This article is published by Guardian Professional – click to read the full article

Facebook is a great way for doctors to communicate and share files – once potential pitfalls have been considered

GPs traditionally have a habit of working very separately from one another, each locked away in their own consultation room. But as we prepare to take on a host of new management responsibilities under the health reforms, we have suddenly found the need to do a lot more talking.