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  • Burn is an injury caused by thermal (heat), electrical, chemical or radiation energy. In the image, a close up of a third-degree burn

    Burns: assessment and treatment Subscription

    28 APR 2015 By Sam Akram, Jan Lovelle, Su Nambisan
    Comments (4)

    Quick action is required with burns to minimise tissue damage and prevent infection.

  • Fractured osteoporotic hip of an elderly woman after a fall. Around one in three people aged over 65 years falls at least once a year. This increases to around 50% of people older than 75 years

    Preventing falls in older people Subscription

    21 OCT 2014 By Supriya Kapas

    How pharmacy teams can reduce the risk of falls in elderly people by identifying risk factors and managing medicines.

  • Why you need to know your leg ulcers Subscription

    With an growing aging population and a rocketing number of patients with diabetes, pharmacists are likely to see more and more people with leg ulcers.

  • Question from practice: Compression dressing for a leg ulcer Subscription

    A. Treatment of leg ulcers frequently consists of two different strategies: wound management and treatment of the underlying causes. Whether there is cause for concern here depends on the type of ulcer and the dressing regimen being used.

  • Acute kidney injury: diagnosis, staging and prevention Subscription

    Comments (5)

    Prevention and early recognition of acute kidney injury can improve outcomes for those affected. Pharmacists can help to review patients whose renal function is at risk of rapid deterioration 

  • Acute kidney injury: management Subscription

    Comments (1)

    Management of acute kidney injury depends on the underlying cause and whether the condition is the result of pre-renal, intrinsic or post-renal dysfunction. All patients should have their medicines reviewed

  • How to deal with a needle-stick injury Subscription

     PICTURE this:You are working in a small hospital aseptic manufacturing unit. One of the pharmacy technicians, who has been making cytotoxic injections in a negative pressure isolator, calls over the intercom: he has accidentally stuck a needle into his finger. He is in the small room on his own.

  • Questions from practice: caring for sore skin around a wound Subscription

    Q. I’ve had an operation and was told to change the dressing every couple of days but now the skin around the cut is getting sore. Have you got something to put on it?

  • Burns (answers) Subscription

    QuestionsJuly/August 2010’s Lifelong Learning questions are based on the CLINICALFOCUS articles on BurnsThe questions can be viewed/printedThis online module is closed

  • Choosing a suitable wound dressing Subscription

    A 75-year old woman fell over and cut her leg. She presents today with a prescription for Sorbsan Silver dressing (pictured right) for the wound.

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