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New summaries

Sexually transmitted infections: condom distribution schemes

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

25 May 2017

Sexually transmitted infections: condom distribution schemes

There were approximately 435,000 new diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in England in 2015. Condoms can protect against many STIs including HIV, chlamydia, and gonorrhoea. Barriers to condom use include cost, particularly for poorer people. Social norms and religious or cultural beliefs can also be a barrier because of stigma or embarrassment.

This Guidelines for Nurses summary of the NICE guidance on condom distribution schemes aims to reduce the risk of STIs.


Postnatal care up to 8 weeks after birth

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH AND CARE EXCELLENCE

26 May 2017

The postnatal period begins immediately after the birth of a child and extends for 6–8 weeks. For most women and babies the postnatal period is uncomplicated; however, care during this period needs to address any deviation from expected recovery after birth. This Guidelines for Nurses summary provides guidance on the routine postnatal care of women and their babies, including giving information and advice to women postnatally.

Protocol for ordering, storing, and handling vaccines

PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND

18 April 2017

This Guidelines for Nurses summary of Public Health England's Protocol for ordering, storing, and handling vaccines is relevant to all healthcare professionals involved in immunisation. It aims to ensure that vaccines are stored and managed properly so that immunisation is carried out safely and efficiently.
The consumption of antibiotics grew by 6.5% between 2011 and 2014, sometimes prescribed inappropriately for coughs, colds, sore throats, and ear infections. While antibiotics are a useful tool to treat dangerous infections, knowing which ones to prescribe, when to avoid prescribing them, and only using broad-spectrum antibiotics where absolutely necessary is crucial to the longevity of antibiotic effectiveness and to preventing resistance. This updated Guidelines summary covers best practice in the treatment of infections and responsible antibiotic use, including the most recent updates to guidance on treating urinary tract infections.
New articles

Causes, diagnosis, and management of common gynaecological symptoms

By Debra Holloway  |  

04 May 2017

Causes, diagnosis, and management of common gynaecological symptoms

Debra Holloway discusses common gynaecological symptoms, differential diagnosis, and treatment.


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