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Endometriosis fact sheet

Royal College of Nursing, Endometriosis UK

07 February 2017

Endometriosis fact sheet

Endometriosis induces a chronic, inflammatory reaction and is defined as the presence of endometrial-like tissue outside the uterus. It is estimated that 1 in 10 women of reproductive age in the UK suffer from endometriosis, and it takes on average 7.5 years from onset of symptoms to get a diagnosis.

This Guidelines for Nurses summary focusses on symptoms of endometriosis, care management in primary care, and when to refer to secondary care and endometriosis centres.


Summary of tetanus immunisation policy

PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND

24 January 2017

Tetanus is an acute disease characterised by generalised rigidity and spasms of skeletal muscle. It is caused by the action of the tetanus toxin, which is released following infection by the bacterium Clostridium tetani. Tetanus spores, which are found in soil and manure, can be introduced into the body through a puncture wound, burn, or scratch. This Guidelines for Nurses summary focusses on tetanus immunisation information, and includes recommendations for the use of the vaccine, contraindications, and precautions.

Appropriate choice of long-acting reversible contraception in primary care

DEVELOPMENT GROUP: CONNOLLY, MANSOUR, RAINE & SIDDIQI.
THIS MANAGEMENT ALGORITHM WAS DEVELOPED BY A MULTIDISCIPLINARY EXPERT PANEL: CONNOLLY A ET AL WITH THE SUPPORT OF A GRANT FROM BAYER.

18 January 2017

An estimated 19% of pregnancies are unplanned. Barrier methods and oral contraceptives, which are dependent on correct and consistent use, are the most commonly used contraceptive methods in the UK, but unwanted pregnancy is still a risk due to method failure and non-compliance. Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) fails much less often as it does not depend on daily concordance. However, a lack of information and experience regarding these methods can dissuade patients from pursuing them and healthcare professionals from prescribing them. This new Guidelines algorithm covers the appropriate choice of LARC, dispels common myths, and suggests ways to manage problematic bleeding.

Advanced nursing practice in HIV care

NATIONAL HIV NURSES ASSOCIATION

26 December 2016

HIV infection is now considered a long-term condition due to advances in the treatments available. Consequently people living with HIV are developing other comorbidities traditionally managed in the primary care setting. As the care paradigm changes, nurses working in primary care will provide care for people living with HIV alongside other comorbidities. This Guidelines for Nurses summary provides a care framework, and sign posts nurses to education and professional development that can help improve patient outcomes. The framework could be used as a template to support advanced practice in other specific disease areas.
New articles

Practical implementation tips for setting up a successful cervical screening service

By Jenny Greenfield  |  

24 January 2017

Practical implementation tips for setting up a successful cervical screening service

Jenny Greenfield shares 10 top tips to help nurses set up and run effective cervical screening services.


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Choosing an appropriate inhaler device for the treatment of adults with asthma or COPD
Development Group: Usmani, Capstick, Chowhan, & Scullion.
This management algorithm was developed by a multidisciplinary expert panel: Usmani O et al with the support of a grant from Chiesi Ltd.

Summary of the management of asthma in children (from the British guideline on the management of asthma)
The British Thoracic Society & Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network

Summary of the management of asthma in adults (from the British guideline on the management of asthma)
The British Thoracic Society & Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD): assessment and management
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence