Cranberry capsules do not reduce urinary tract infections in older women, study finds

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Taking cranberry capsules did not reduce urinary tract infections (UTIs) in older women living in nursing homes, a US randomised trial has shown.

UTIs are very common among nursing home residents: bacteriuria is detected in 25-50% of women living in nursing homes, and pyuria is present in 90% of these. Cranberry products have been of interest in preventing UTIs in this group of people, to reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics.

Women are unaware of pregnancy risks linked with sodium valproate

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Doctors are being asked to make sure that women and girls with epilepsy know about the risks of taking sodium valproate during pregnancy, after a survey found that half of those questioned were unaware that it could harm the fetus.

The charities Epilepsy Action, Epilepsy Society, and Young Epilepsy conducted a survey earlier this year, in conjunction with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), of 2788 women aged 16 to 50 with epilepsy.

BMJ Infographics

Highlighted resource:

BMJ INFOGRAPHICS

These are great visual summaries of a variety of conditions, their management and treatments, and visual overviews of article recommendations. They are found attached to a variety of articles and editorials, and some of the key infographics are found on the infographics page. For example, the infographic of the NICE sepsis guidance or a visual guide to recognising past congenital heart surgery in adults.

Does health literacy matter?

 

Health Literacy is defined by World Health Organisation (2015) as “The personal characteristics and social resources needed for individuals and communities to access, understand, appraise and use information and services to make decisions about health.”

This interesting news article, from NHS England, discusses its merits, the importance of health literacy and better health. Read the article here

Clinical Outreach Librarian Update- Pleased to meet you yesterday!

I enjoyed meeting everyone on my outreach visits to Congleton Hospital and Knustford Community Nurses yesterday.

Don’t forget to get in touch with the library service and outreach librarians  when you need help with training and healthcare resources. We can help you, save your time and enable you to provide the best patient care, keep up to date in CPD and develop your  service.

As promised, I will be back in touch again shortly- have a great weekend!

Anne Webb

Anne 

 

 

Delivering high quality, effective, compassionate care: developing the right people with the right skills and right values

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Outlines  the government’s objectives for Health Education England to provide health care education and training for 2016-2017.

This document here  reflects strategic objectives around workforce planning, health education and training and development. The mandate looks at how the healthcare workforce can be developed to improve care for patients through education and training.

New books

NewBooksThe Library & Knowledge Service purchased a large number of new books last month ~ view a selection of the new titles here.

All members of East Cheshire NHS Trust staff, students on placement and volunteers are able to borrow books from the Library.

Contact the Library for more information: ecn-tr.stafflibrary@nhs.net / 01625 66 1362.

 

Reduction in breast cancer deaths is due to treatment not screening, finds study

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The fall in breast cancer mortality seen after widespread mammography screening was introduced in the US was mainly due to improved systemic therapy and not earlier detection of tumours, a comparison of national cancer data before and after the introduction of screening programmes has shown.

Sepsis Toolkit Launched by Royal College of General Practitioners

infectionThe Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), in partnership with Health Education England and NHS England, has has launched a new sepsis toolkit to support GPs and healthcare professionals to identify and manage the condition in patients.

 

The toolkit has been designed to help GPs and other healthcare professionals in primary care tackle this challenge with a series of educational materials, up-to-date guidance and training resources.

You can access the toolkit here

Read the news post about it  here

Internurse – Nursing Resources

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East Cheshire staff currently have access to this comprehensive nursing collection.
Internurse covers both primary and secondary care settings as well as the whole spectrum of specialist nursing practice –  including cardiology, mental health, palliative care and wound care. You can access the full text of journals such as British Journal of Healthcare Assistants, British Journal of Community Nursing and Nurse Prescribing.

Try it now!  Follow the link to Internurse and log in with your OpenAthens account.

 

Shaping the future of healthcare from an equality, diversity and human rights perspective

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The role of the EDC is to help shape the future of healthcare from an equality, diversity and human rights perspective, and to improve the quality of care for all. In the first of series of blogs, co-chair of the Equality and Diversity Council (EDC), Joan Saddler provides an update from the most recent quarterly meeting and offers an insight into the latest thinking behind the programme of work.