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Pressure Area Care Prompt for Hospitals & Care Homes

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Using a traffic light system we have created a bright colour coded visual prompt so staff are reminded when and how often pressure area care is due.

They are not only fantastic prompts for staff but they are also great at demonstrating how proactive your trust or organisation is with it’s pressure area care to other patients and visitors.

The signs are FREE to download and use but we request that you don’t edit the signs or sell them without prior permission.

RELATED: SHIFT PLANNER FOR NURSES, STUDENTS & SUPPORT STAFF

The Red Sign is designed for patients or clients who are at severe risk of pressure damage and require pressure area care frequently, usually between 0 and 4 hourly. You can download the Red Sign here

The Amber Sign is designed for patients or clients who have a medium risk of developing pressure area damage and require care between 4 and 6 hourly. You can download the Amber Sign here

The Green Sign is designed for patients or clients who may be at a low risk of developing pressure area damage and may require minimal intervention such as visual inspections. You can download the Green Sign here

How to use: You should print these onto a thick card, using a colour printer and laminate. This will not only allow you to easily change the information on the sign but makes it wipeable and in line with infection control guidelines.

If your looking for a more professional finish you can contact a local printer who will be able to print these onto a wipeable plastic board to mount.

Using a dry-wipe marker insert the information you need and update as often as needed.

Customisation: We can, upon request, apply your organisations logo to each of the signs or edit any detail. This would however be subject to a small charge. We would also remove the copyright notice and transfer ownership to your organisation.

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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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