Safe and cost-effective prescribing for the management of wounds

Wound care is a growing area of non-medical prescribing. In 2010, a survey of members of the (then) Association for Nurse Prescribing found that it was the third most common prescribing after pain and...


Moving into a care home: the mental health implications

Moving from an independent home environment into a care facility can be a difficult change for an older person and their family. Christopher Barber explores the spectrum of feelings and emotions that ...


Medicines management in people with dysphagia

People with dysphagia, or swallowing difficulties, often struggle to take tablets. In this article, Krupa Patel discusses the importance of good quality prescribing with older people, helping avoid is...


Advanced nursing practice in colorectal and stoma care

The role of the advanced nurse practitioner (ANP) offers an exciting opportunity to consider innovative methods of delivering care to colorectal and stoma patients in order to meet the changing health...


Fighting liver disease: understanding the integral role of public health

Liver disease is becoming a major public health problem in the UK. Increasing numbers of premature deaths from liver disease, with the average age of death at 59 years, paints a rather grim picture. T...


Management of post-acne scarring in the medical aesthetic clinic

Acne scarring is a lifelong, debilitating and challenging problem to treat. Scarring and pigmentary changes are direct consequences of inflammatory acne vulgaris. Prevention of irreversible scarring i...


Pregnancy and aesthetic procedures: understanding the indications and risks

The topic of aesthetic treatments being performed during pregnancy is commonly debated among practitioners, as there are limited studies and data available on the subject. A review of the literature w...


Avoiding litigation: what aesthetic nurses need to know about informed consent

The majority of non-surgical facial aesthetic procedures are elective, which means that patients may have high and sometimes unrealistic expectations. It is vital that all patients are given comprehen...


Pharmacological options for encouraging smokers to quit

This article discusses evidence-based pharmacological interventions for smoking cessation, including nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), varenicline and bupropion, alongside approaches to behavioural ...


Factors leading to male and female subfertility

Infertility is the failure to conceive after 12 months of regular unprotected sexual intercourse. In couples who have never conceived, this is called-primary infertility, while in couples that have pr...


Male infertility: an overview of causes and treatment options

It is estimated that 3.5 million people in the UK, that is one in every seven couples, have fertility problems. In the past, it was assumed that the cause always lay with the woman. However, developme...


Opioid-induced constipation: Pathophysiology, treatment and management

Opioid analgesics are increasingly used to alleviate severe acute and chronic pain. Opioid-induced constipation (OIC) is the most common side effect of opioid analgesia, which can have a significant e...

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