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10 Apps for UK Nurses & Healthcare Professionals

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Mobile Apps are the new hot-topic in Nursing, they allow nurses access to a vast array of information quickly in a simple format without leaving the patients bedside. Here is a rundown of the apps no Nurse should be without.

1) NICE BNF – Drug information.

Why: The app, developed by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence provides you access to the last drug information, side effects, dosages and much more. You can also download the BNF specific to children.

AVAILABILITY: iOS and Android; Free

2) NICE Guidelines – Guidelines & Policies.

Why: Developed by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence the app provides you with access to the most up-to-date and gold standard policies and procedures.

AVAILABILITY: iOS and Android; Free

3) Eponyms – Dictionary of Terms.

Why: Eponyms brings a short description of more than 1’700 common medical eponyms to your device.

AVAILABILITY: iOS and Android; Free

4) Medscape – Directory of Information.

Why: Although based in the US, Medscape can provide you with a fountain of information on drugs, diagnosis, symptoms and patient management.

AVAILABILITY: iOS and Android; Free

5) Drug Calculations – Medical Calculations.

Why: Learn the formulae to calculate and administer drugs for adults, practise your skills and see how well you’re doing with this 40 minute app.

AVAILABILITY: iOS; Free

6) WebMD – Patient Information.

Why: Again based in the US but most of the information is transferable, be aware of differing brand names for drugs.

AVAILABILITY: iOS and Android; Free

7) Lab Tests – Blood Result Interpretation.

Why: This fantastic tool allows you to interpret blood test information, find normal ranges and suggest tests for specific conditions.

AVAILABILITY: iOS; £1.69

8) Twitter – Social Media.

Why: Ton of organisations now tweet out information and updates to their followers. If used correctly twitter can be a fantastic tool for nurses. Remember to follow us @NursingNotes on twitter.

AVAILABILITY: iOS and Android; Free

9) Shift Worker – Rota Manager.

Why: This allows you to easily keep track of your shifts, study days and days off. It is a fantastic tool and can help you plan your life for a better work life balance.

AVAILABILITY: iOS, £1.49

10) Figure 1 – Diagnostic Tools.

Why: Figure 1 is like Instagram for Healthcare professionals, the content is upload by its users and gives you an insight into the weird and wonderful of the medical world.

AVAILABILITY: iOS and Android; Free

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Lucozade is no longer as effective at treating hypoglycemia

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Due to changes in its recipe and a significant reduction in glucose, Lucozade will not be as effective as a treatment for hypoglycemic patients.

Recipe changes to Lucozade Original Energy product line mean it will no longer be as effective at treating hypoglycemic patients – this is due to a 50% reduction in glucose based carbohydrates. Healthcare Professionals should seek guidance from their local specialist team on alternative treatment protocols.

This change applies to all Lucozade Energy Flavours. New products started appearing on shelves in April 2017. However, for a short time, both the new and old recipe will be available.

Previously, 100ml of Lucozade Original contained 17g of carbohydrate; this was reduced to 8.9g in April 2017.

According to Diabietes.co.uk, patients who experience a hypoglycemic episode are advised to consume 15-20g of sugar when treating low blood sugar, but this will no longer be equivalent to 100ml of Lucozade.

Lucozade Ribena Suntory, which also makes Ribena and Orangina, among other drinks, is lowering its sugar content by replacing these sugars with low-calorie sweeteners, such as aspartame.

You can also visit www.lrsuntory.com/health for more information on Lucozade’s changing nutritional values or speak to your local diabetes specialist team.

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Shift Planner for Nurses, Students & Support Staff

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Shift planning is essential for safe care, some people using a piece of paper others have their thoughts well arranged in their head, either way everybody does it.

This shift planner has been designed with newly qualified nurses and student nurses in mind but would be suitable for anybody to use.

You can download our Shift Planner for FREE. You are free to download, print and distribute our shift planner as you wish. You will need a PDF reader on your PC to download. 

The planner has been created with two primary columns, one for your main nursing priorities and one to remind you to hand over jobs to the next shift. It also features a small key and area for general notes. Due to limited space we have only included enough room to plan up to eight patients, if you need more we encourage you print doublesided.

We encourage you to make comments or suggestions in the comments section below. The most popular will be implemented in a version 2.

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