Research

Diabetes treatment in hospital

Identifying modifiable risk factors to reduce inpatient hypoglycaemiaSubscription

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Through analysing a randomly selected sample of patients with low blood glucose and diabetes over a course of a year, this prospective study found that a significant number of hypoglycaemia episodes were not treated to established protocol.

Explaining how to use asthma inhaler

Testing annual asthma reviews for those who fail to attend: proof-of-concept studySubscription

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Asthma is one of the most common respiratory conditions in the UK. Around 30% of asthma patients fail to attend their annual asthma review, which leads to an increase in the number of preventable asthma-related hospital admissions. By using SIMPLE methodology and the PharmOutcomes® web-based system on 27 patients, it was determined that the community pharmacy asthma review service would enhance patient care through close collaboration with GP surgeries.

Insight

Learning from mistakes concept, building block

A failure to learn from our mistakes puts patients at riskSubscription

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Collective amnesia in the NHS means that major issues affecting patient safety, such as medication errors, are not being adequately addressed, writes David Cousins.

CPD article

Brain activity in Parkinson's disease, SPECT scans

Parkinson’s disease: management and guidanceSubscription

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An overview of Parkinson’s disease management, including discussion of the updated National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines.

Short communications

Metronidazole: high dose and long duration risks peripheral neuropathySubscription

Metronidazole — a member of the nitroimidazole class of antibiotics — provides potent bactericidal action against anaerobic bacterial and protozoal infections. It is commonly used across all healthcare settings for common infections and plays an important role in treating both suspected and confirmed anaerobic bacterial infections; it is typically associated with deep-seated infections. Combination therapy with penicillin is common and is likely to feature more prominently in hospital ...

Pharmacists in a multidisciplinary atrial fibrillation clinicSubscription

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac rhythm disturbance and increases in prevalence with advancing age. Each year, Tallaght University Hospital in Dublin assesses and admits over 400 patients with stroke and transient ischemic attack. AF is implicated as a causative factor in 33% of these cases. An AF-related stroke is more likely to be fatal, disabling and recurrent than a non-AF related stroke. The risk of AF-related stroke is greatly reduced, however, by early detection ...