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The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has launched new guidelines on syncope (the transient loss of consciousness caused by reduced blood flow to the brain). Syncope is very common with approximately 50% of people having at least one syncopal event during their lifetime. The challenge for doctors is to identify the minority of patients whose syncope is caused by a potentially deadly heart problem.
A new wound care system using nitric oxide has been shown to heal diabetic foot ulcers faster and more effectively than standard care in UK treatment centres.
A new App called NURSING YOU has been designed for nurses to help them care for themselves to achieve and maintain a healthy weight so they can care for others more effectively. NURSING YOU is a key part of the Healthy Weight Initiative for Nurses (WIN) joint funded by the Royal College of Nursing Foundation.
An innovative new hydration system has been introduced to help carers reduce the risk of dehydration in care homes and hospitals. The Droplet® system was created by product designer Ellie van Leeuwen after her grandmother left hospital severely dehydrated. Initial trials from December 2017 in 4 wards at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton showed a 63% average increase in fluid intake (474 ml/day) with excellent feedback from care workers.
Updated guidance on venous thromboembolism (VTE) from NICE aims to reduce the risk of VTE and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in people aged 16 and over in hospital.
The number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK has more than doubled in the last twenty years, according to new analysis released today by Diabetes UK. The new figures show that there are now almost 3.7 million people living with a diagnosis of the condition in the UK, an increase of 1.9 million since 1998.