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What are Vital Signs in Nursing?

Vital signs in nursing are a set of seven measurements (five core measurements) used to check a patient’s basic bodily functions. These measurements provide a quick record of a person’s general health and can offer hints about likely problems. Nurses use five main measurements to quickly check how a person’s body is doing: Sometimes, nurses

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Hoist Training for Carers: Ensuring Safe and Efficient Patient Transfers

In 2021, a request for information from the Office for National Statistics showed that many incidents related to hoists happen each year, causing injuries to both patients and staff. Hoists, also called patient lifts, are crucial for helping people with limited mobility. But for carers to use them safely and effectively, they need special training.

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Power of Person-Centred Care: Putting Patients First for Better Outcomes

In health and social care, person-centred care moves away from a “one-size-fits-all” approach and focuses on the unique needs and individuality of each person. This leads to a better patient outcome, a happier experience for everyone, and in the end, a more caring and satisfying care system. Imagine if every person at work got to

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Understanding Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace

Testing for drugs and alcohol at workplace is common in lots of jobs. For some kind of occupations like driving, having a workplace drug and alcohol test is very important. While its purpose is to ensure safety and well-being, it raises a multitude of questions for both employers and employees. Testing people for drugs and

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Ending Child Sexual Exploitation For Better Lives

Child sexual exploitation affects at least 1 in 20 children under eighteen in the UK [NSPCC, 2021]. It occurs when someone tricks or forces kids into doing sexual things in return for something they need or want, or for the benefit of the person doing it. This awful crime takes away children’s childhood and can

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Mastering Effective Communication in Nursing: Key Skills to Enhance Patient Care

In healthcare both clinical and nonclinical practice, communicating effectively is not just nice to have—it’s really important for giving patients good care. What you say and how you say it matters. This is why good communication is important to avoid unintended outcomes. Effective communication in nursing means listening carefully, understanding how people feel, being clear, being

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Epinephrine Auto-injectors: Knowing How to Save Lives During Allergic Reaction.

Big allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) can be super dangerous if not fixed fast. Devices like EpiPens give a quick shot of epinephrine medicine, helping until hospital care kicks in.  But questions come up about who can use them, how they work, how fast they help, and proper training. This article explains the important things to know

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How Nurses Can Provide Emotional Support to Patients and Families – 7 Powerful Ways

When someone gets injured or unwell enough that they need medical care at a hospital or health centre, it can be a very stressful moment for that person as well as for their relatives and loved ones. That is where nurses can come with emotional support. Nurses, doctors and support staff have an important duty

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Eight Principles Of The Data Protection Act and Examples For Each Principle.

Have you ever given your email, phone number, or other personal details to a business? If so, that’s considered personal data, and there are laws about how companies can use it. The data protection principles make sure companies use your information fairly and responsibly, and that you have control over it. In 2011, 77 million

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The 5 Key Principles for Safer Moving and Handling of People: A Caregiver’s Step-by-Step Guide

As healthcare providers on the front lines of care, we understand better than anyone the physical demands of supporting those with decreased mobility and strength. Knowing the key principles of safe moving and handling is important for all health care workers. This would help you do the job of moving people or help them better.

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Using the 6 Cs for Nursing Interview:

As an experienced nurse who has been through my fair share of NHS interviews, I know how nervous it can be when they start asking you questions about the 6 Cs of nursing. For those who might not be familiar, the 6 C’s – care, compassion, competence, communication, courage, and commitment – are considered the

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Top 14 Nursing Events in the UK for 2024: A Comprehensive List of Nursing Conferences

Are you a carer or nurse who wants to improve your care training abilities and remain current on industry news? Well, you’re in luck because, in 2024, the UK is hosting a series of the best nursing conferences that you want to attend. These nursing events are all about learning, networking, and enhancing your skills

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How Tracheostomy Care Has Improved Over the Last 100 Years

Ensuring a steady flow of air to our lungs is vital for sustaining life. In situations where illnesses or injuries prevents normal breathing, one procedure that proves beneficial is a tracheostomy. This involves creating an opening in the windpipe and inserting a tube. Tracheostomy has a long history, but significant advancements have occurred in the

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A Beginner’s Guide to Mock CQC Inspections

If you run or work in a care home, you know how important it is to be ready for CQC inspections. These visits check that your home is providing high quality, safe care. One way to get prepared is doing practice inspections. These are called cqc mock inspections or mock visits. In this article, we

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Understanding the CQC Standards for Health and Social Care

There’s an organisation in the UK called the Care Quality Commission (CQC for short). You may have heard of them before and hear colleagues mention CQC standards in care. But what exactly does the CQC do? And what are the standards they look for when inspecting health and social care services? In this article, we’ll

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A Simple Guide to CQC Inspections for Care and Nursing Homes

If you run or work in a care or nursing home in England, chances are you’ve heard of the CQC and CQC Inspections. This stands for the Care Quality Commission. The CQC is the organisation that regulates and inspects care providers to make sure residents are safe and receiving good care. CQC inspections can feel

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PMVA/MAPA Training: How would you know which one is right?

At Caring for Care, we often receive calls regarding PMVA/MAPA training and people getting so confused as to what to choose. Usually, the questions we receive are more about obtaining MAPA/PMVA training rather than focusing on the individual to be cared for and the specific situation. We recommend looking beyond the brands. That’s why reading

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Choking Risk Assessment

Choking is a serious risk health condition in the UK and around the world affecting more adults above the age of 65 and young ones below the age of 5. From 2018-2022, the number of death ‘due to choking’ from food and drink (ICD-W79) in England and Wales was 1,118 people (661 Males and 457

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Phlebotomist Job: What does it look like.

Phlebotomists, often referred to as blood draw technicians, play a crucial role in the healthcare system, providing essential blood samples for diagnostic and treatment purposes. Phlebotomist job role does not necessarily need formal education in the UK but adequate training is important. Their work involves a skillful balance of technical expertise, communication skills, and empathy,

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How to become a Phlebotomist in the UK 2024 [Beginner’s Guide]

Are you interested in pursuing a career in phlebotomy (process of drawing blood )? As a phlebotomist, your job involves collecting blood samples from patients for medical testing. Also called venipuncture (or venipuncture), it’s an essential healthcare skill benefiting others. This article will cover the basics of phlebotomy careers for newcomers – typical work settings,

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Patient Consent: Better Ways to Obtain Patient Approval as a Healthcare Worker.

Getting proper consent can be tough when healthcare providers have busy schedules and patients want to get on treatment. However, knowing the function of consent yields productive collaboration, safer care decisions, and required patient empowerment regarding health matters. This article discusses the various individuals who are affected by healthcare consent rules – care assistants, nurses,

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Bariatric Equipment: How To Remarkably Support Safe Patient Movement

Providing quality care for bariatric (obese) patients poses unique challenges for healthcare workers. Safe patient handling and mobility are especially difficult when caring for larger patients. Fortunately, specialised bariatric equipment can make a big difference in maintaining the safety and dignity of both patients and staff. This article explores the lists of bariatric equipment available

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Healthcare Cyber Security Best Practices: 10 Don’ts For Workers

In the fast-paced world of healthcare, where efficiency and patient care are top priorities, the significance of cybersecurity is often overlooked. One common but critical oversight is the use of obvious passwords. While it may seem like a straightforward practice to avoid, the reality is that overly simplistic passwords still pose a significant threat to

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The All in One Training Mandatory Day: Pros, Cons, and Making it More Effective

Many healthcare organisations deliver mandatory training through full-day programs covering multiple topics back-to-back. While potentially efficient, concerns exist over cramming excessive content into short periods. This article will explore the reasoning for all in one mandatory training, weigh the advantages and disadvantages of lengthy training days, and provide recommendations to enhance comprehension and retention when

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