Axumin for functional imaging of prostate cancer recurrence
The technology described in this briefing is Axumin, a radiopharmaceutical agent. It is intended for use in positron emission tomography (PET) to detect suspected prostate cancer recurrence in people who have elevated prostate-specific antigen levels after primary curative treatment. It is currently the only licensed PET tracer indicated for use in recurrent prostate cancer. The innovative aspects are that it is a prostate cancer-specific PET tracer with a novel mechanism of action based on amino acid transport. Its longer half-life and shorter uptake period may allow use in more people with suspected prostate cancer rec...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The NHS Long Term Plan: briefing for the children and young people's sector
This briefing summarises the changes proposed by the NHS Long Term Plan, with a particular focus on those commitments in the plan most relevant to children and young people. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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A teachable moment: delivering perioperative medicine in integrated care systems
This document showcases a number of innovative and award-winning programmes in hospitals across England that are improving patient care before, during and after surgery. The report focuses on the first-wave of 10 ICSs across England, highlighting how ICSs can facilitate the wider adoption of perioperative pathways of care. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Raising the Bar on Strength and Balance
This report looks at the delivery, issues, barriers and innovative solutions that support strength and balance programmes in the community. The work builds on the 2 External 0 0 0evidence review false https://www.gov.uk/government/news/major-health-benefits-from-strengthening-and-balance-activity true false%> PHE and CfAB jointly commissioned on the importance of strength and balance for health. The findings have been organised into five themes; raising awareness, encouraging take-up, exercise referral pathways, sticking to evidence and monitoring for outcomes and improvement. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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A Randomized Trial of E-Cigarettes versus Nicotine-Replacement Therapy
E-cigarettes were more effective for smoking cessation than nicotine-replacement therapy, when both products were accompanied by behavioural support. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Global, regional, and national burden of suicide mortality 1990 to 2016: systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016
Age standardised mortality rates for suicide have greatly reduced since 1990, but suicide remains an important contributor to mortality worldwide. Suicide mortality was variable across locations, between sexes, and between age groups. Suicide prevention strategies can be targeted towards vulnerable populations if they are informed by variations in mortality rates. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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A critical moment NHS staffing, trends, retention and attrition
Key points from this annual report analysing staff profile and trends in the NHS workforce include the fact that the number of GPs, nurses and health visitors are falling and that International recruitment remains vital but constrained by the uncertainties of Brexit. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Efficiency versus thoroughness in medication review: a qualitative interview study in UK primary care
Interview with 13 GPs, 10 pharmacists found practices tended to prioritise being efficient (getting work done) rather than being thorough (doing it well) so that most medication reviews were carried out with little/no patient involvement and medicines were rarely stopped/reduced (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Decolonization to Reduce Postdischarge Infection Risk among MRSA Carriers
This RCT (n=2121) found postdischarge hygiene education (HE) and MRSA decolonisation with chlorhexidine and mupirocin led to lower risk of MRSA infection than HE alone (HR 0.70;95% CI 0.52-0.96;p=0.03) which led to lower risk of hospitalisation due to MRSA infection (0.71; 0.51-0.99). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Effectiveness and safety of electronically delivered prescribing feedback and decision support on antibiotic use for respiratory illness in primary care: REDUCE cluster randomised trial
This RCT found that an antimicrobial stewardship intervention reduced antibiotic prescribing in adults 15-84 years equivalent to 1 prescription per year per 62 patients. There was no evidence of an increase in serious bacterial complications. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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NIHR Signal: Decontamination of the mouth or digestive tract was not linked to reductions in drug-resistant bloodstream infections in the intensive care unit
This expert commentary is provided for an RCT (n=8,665) which found that decontamination strategies with either antibiotics or chlorhexidine mouthwash did not reduce bloodstream infections. This evidence suggests that widespread adoption of decontamination techniques is not justified. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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UK One Health Report: antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance in animals and humans
This report brings together UK data (2013-2017) on antibiotic (AB) resistance in key bacteria that are common to animals (ANs) and humans (HMs), and isolated in meat at retail. It also includes details on amount of ABs sold for use in ANs and ABs prescribed to HMs. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Decolonization to Reduce Postdischarge Infection Risk among MRSA Carriers
This research article concludes that postdischarge MRSA decolonization with chlorhexidine and mupirocin led to a 30% lower risk of MRSA infection than education alone. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Targeted screening for Lung Cancer with Low Radiation Dose Computed Tomography
This document outlines the service and quality indicators expected by NHS England to ensure that a high standard of service is provided for targeted screening for lung cancer across England. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Review of national cancer screening programmes in England
This document provides details of a review of national cancer screening programmes in England. An interim report will be produced in April 2019 with a final report in the summer. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Several antibiotics appear effective against early-stage Lyme disease
This meta-analysis suggests that when symptoms of the disease are confined to a localised skin infection, treatment failures are relatively infrequent, only 2% at 12 months. Effective antibiotics include penicillin V, doxycycline, azithromycin, cefuroxime, amoxicillin and ceftriaxone plus doxycycline.The research has significant limitations, but choice, dose and duration of antibiotics appear to have little impact on outcomes. This research does not suggest that guidelines need to be reviewed. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Cough (acute): antimicrobial prescribing
This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for acute cough associated with an upper respiratory tract infection or acute bronchitis in adults, young people and children. It aims to limit antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance. It was published in February 2019. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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NICE Bites - urinary tract infections
This publication provides a summary of key prescribing points taken from the NICE guidelines for Pyelonephritis, Lower Urinary Tract Infection, Recurrent and Catheter-associated UTI (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Effects of nutrition factors on mortality and sepsis occurrence in a multicenter university-based surgical intensive care unit in Thailand (THAI-SICU study)
The aim of this study was to demonstrate the role of nutrition factors on a 28-d mortality outcome and sepsis occurrence in surgical intensive care unit. Nutrition factors affecting the mortality or sepsis occurrence in this study were BMI, enteral feeding or combination with parenteral nutrition, severe weight loss, preadmission albumin ≤2.5, and at risk according to NRS-2002. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A Nationwide Comparison Between Sepsis-2 and Sepsis-3 Definition in Japan
Currently, it remains controversial whether the Sepsis-3 definition provides the most appropriate criteria for clinical use. The purpose of this study was to compare between the Sepsis-2 and Sepsis-3 definitions using Japan's nationwide registry. The ICU mortality of the " Sepsis-2 shock-only " group was significantly low. Besides septic shock diagnosed by the Sepsis-3 definition selects patients with more severe cases of sepsis among the " Sepsis-2 shock " group. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Effect of Troponin I Elevation on Duration of Mechanical Ventilation and Length of Intensive Care Unit Stay in Patients With Sepsis
Sepsis is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity. Recent studies suggest that troponin elevation is associated with increased mortality in sepsis patients. The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of troponin elevation on mechanical ventilation duration and intensive care unit (ICU) length of stay in patients with sepsis. Additionally, we investigated the association between troponin elevation and septic shock. Troponin elevation was associated with longer duration of mechanical ventilation in patients admitted to ICU with sepsis. Troponin elevation was associated with higher risk for development of septic ...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bacterial sepsis triggers an antiviral response that causes translation shutdown
In response to viral pathogens, the host upregulates antiviral genes that suppress translation of viral mRNAs. However, induction of such antiviral responses may not be exclusive to viruses, as the pathways lie at the intersection of broad inflammatory networks that can also be induced by bacterial pathogens. Collectively, our findings imply that translation shutdown is indifferent to the specific initiating pathogen and is an important determinant of tissue injury in sepsis. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Incidence and Predictive Factors of Sepsis Following Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery
Surgery for adult spinal deformity (ASD) improves quality of life, yet morbidity is high. Sepsis is a challenging postoperative complication that can result in death and drive inpatient resources. In patients undergoing ASD surgery, male sex, diabetes, ascites, bleeding disorder, functional dependency, excessive weight loss and increased operative time independently predicted sepsis. This perioperative patient profile can be used for preoperative risk assessment, patient counseling, and postoperative management for patients undergoing ASD surgery. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Sepsis National Hospital Inpatient Quality Measure (SEP-1): Multistakeholder Work Group Recommendations for Appropriate Antibiotics for the Treatment of Sepsis
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services adopted the Early Management Bundle, Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock (SEP-1) performance measure to the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program in July 2015 to help address the high mortality and high cost associated with sepsis. The SEP-1 performance measure requires, among other critical interventions, timely administration of antibiotics to patients with sepsis or septic shock. The multistakeholder workgroup recognizes the need for SEP-1 but strongly believes that multiple antibiotics listed in the antibiotic tables for SEP-1 are not appropriate and the use of these antibiot...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Infectious Diseases Team for the Early Management of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock in the Emergency Department
The impact on patient survival of an infectious disease (ID) team dedicated to the early management of severe sepsis/septic shock (SS/SS) in Emergency Department (ED) has yet to be assessed. Implementation of an ID team for the early management of SS/SS in the ED improved the adherence to SSC recommendations and patient survival. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Risk of Subsequent Sepsis Within 90 Days After a Hospital Stay by Type of Antibiotic Exposure
We examined the risk of sepsis within 90 days after discharge from a previous hospital stay by type of antibiotic received during the previous stay. Our study identified an increased risk of sepsis within 90 days of discharge among patients with exposure to high-risk antibiotics or increased quantities of antibiotics during hospitalization. Given that a significant proportion of inpatient antimicrobial use may be unnecessary, this study builds on previous evidence suggesting that increased stewardship efforts in hospitals may not only prevent antimicrobial resistance, Clostridium difficile infection, and other adverse effe...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Using lean methodology to optimize time to antibiotic administration in patients with sepsis
Results of a study to apply lean methodology to an inpatient pharmacy workflow to optimize timely administration of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)-approved antibiotics for patients with severe sepsis or septic shock are presented. Lean methodology was successfully used to reduce time to antibiotic administration, which led to improved compliance with the newly implemented sepsis CMS core measure. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Early, Nurse-Directed Sepsis Care
Sepsis is one of the leading causes of hospital mortality and readmission. For the past 20 years, sepsis research has focused on best practices for treating patients with the most severe manifestations of sepsis, while the treatment of patients outside of critical care or ED settings, who have early or less severe signs and symptoms of sepsis, have received little attention. This project demonstrates that using nurse-directed care to promote timely identification and early treatment of sepsis in the ED and in inpatient settings can improve bundle adherence and reduce in-hospital sepsis-related mortality rates. (Source: Cur...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Death due to sepsis in patients diagnosed with prostate cancer
To examine the prevalence and determinants of death due to sepsis in patients diagnosed with prostate cancer (Pca), we performed a retrospective analysis of 910 986 patients diagnosed with Pca between 1992 and 2010 identified from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database. Patients diagnosed with Pca are at increased risk of dying from sepsis, and the sepsis-related IBMR in these patients is increasing over time. There are significant disparities in the outcome of sepsis among Pca patients that require further research. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Comparison of the accuracy of neutrophil CD64, procalcitonin, and C-reactive protein for sepsis identification: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Neutrophil CD64 is widely described as an accurate biomarker for the diagnosis of infection in patients with septic syndrome. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of neutrophil CD64, comparing it with C-reactive protein (CRP) and procalcitonin (PCT) for the diagnosis of infection in adult patients with septic syndrome, based on sepsis-2 criteria. We searched the PubMed and Embase databases and Google Scholar. Original studies reporting the performance of neutrophil CD64 for sepsis diagnosis in adult patients were retained. The pooled sensitivity, specificity, diagnostic odd...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Conservative Fluid Management After Sepsis Resuscitation: A Pilot Randomized Trial
The feasibility and clinical outcomes of conservative fluid management after sepsis resuscitation remain unknown. In this phase II trial, a conservative fluid management protocol did not decrease mean daily fluid balance by more than 500 mL among patients with sepsis. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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National Performance on the Medicare SEP-1 Sepsis Quality Measure
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requires hospitals to report compliance with a sepsis treatment bundle as part of its Inpatient Quality Reporting Program. We used recently released data from this program to characterize national performance on the sepsis measure, known as SEP-1. The majority of eligible hospitals reported SEP-1 data, and overall bundle compliance was highly variable. SEP-1 performance was associated with structural hospital characteristics and performance on other measures of hospital quality, providing preliminary support for SEP-1 performance as a marker of timely hospital sepsis care. (So...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Combatting Sepsis: A Public Health Perspective
Public health professionals and organizations have an opportunity to create a more comprehensive sepsis prevention strategy that spans the continuum of care and merges existing infection prevention strategies with chronic disease management and improved education on the signs and symptoms of worsening infection and sepsis. Recent public health efforts have improved our understanding of US national sepsis epidemiology and focused on increasing sepsis awareness. Additional opportunities and challenges include creating more integrated sepsis and infection prevention programs that encompass outpatient and inpatient care. (Sour...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Streets of shame: homelessness and the NHS a tome of tragedies
For two and a half years Samantha Moss and her partner Clayton Bradshaw slept under the cold, stone arches of Nottingham's Trent Bridge.Wandering through the streets of West Bridgford – where the average house price is more than £ 330,000 – to the homeless drop-in centre that eventually helped find Samantha and Clayton a home, it is hard to believe such hardship can exist. But it soon becomes clear that their story is just one chapter in a tome of tragedies. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Decade of improved outcomes for patients thanks to Surgical Safety Checklist
The 2 External 0 0 0 pdf-link external-link Surgical Safety Checklist false http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/44186/9789241598590_eng_Checklist.pdf;jsessionid=5D6A3C141F385E02549EFCD3641AA256?sequence=2 true false%> is a simple tool designed to improve communication and teamwork by bringing together the surgeons, anaesthesia providers and nurses involved in care to confirm that critical safety measures are performed before, during and after an operation. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Developing a retention strategy
These resources offer general guidance and are a good starting point for the creation of a retention improvement plan and/or strategy. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Delivering effective governance and accountability for integrated health and care
There are several important differences in governance and accountability between the NHS and local authorities, which creates challenges when seeking to integrate systems and structures. This document seeks to highlight the challenges and outlines some potential from solutions from those areas that have been successful in integrating effectively to date, such as Manchester. It also outlines the enablers for integration that local systems can utilise in their local area as well as three things our members have told us that national bodies need to deliver to support further integration. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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' When a child dies'; the development of a collaborative education programme to enhance care and support
Nurse leaders within the Clinical Simulation Centre (CSC) at Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (GOSH) developed an education programme in collaboration with Bereavement, Chaplaincy, Mortuary and Palliative Care services. This aided staff in developing their skills in caring for a dying child and supporting families through this critical time. The programme aims to improve the quality of care provided to families and ensure signposting to further services to meet their needs. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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The Slavery and Trafficking Survivor Care Standards 2018
These have been adopted by the Government as a minimum standard for victim support and as a consequence will be applied in any relevant service review or inspection. The book defines the legal framework and the levels of service to be provided by a range of agencies including police, health and local authorities. There is detailed material on the working of the National Referral Mechanism and the role of local authorities as a first responder. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Impact of social media and screen-use on young people's health
This report highlights the benefits of social media, while also revealing the potential risks faced by young users. It further suggests what can be done to protect young users when they are online, including the recommendation that social media companies must be subject to a legal duty of care to help protect young people's health and wellbeing when accessing their sites. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

State of child health: England - two years on
This report congratulates the government on its commitment to child health, commending those responsible for bold pledges in areas such as obesity, mental health and the integration of children's health services. However, the scorecard also reveals that England continues to lag behind other western European countries on a range of child health outcomes and notes areas for improvement, particularly in universal public health provision, including: reducing child poverty and inequality; child deaths; tobacco and alcohol control, and breastfeeding. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Governance and accountability for integrated health and care.
This explainer for the NHS and local authorities outlines possible solutions for the governance and accountability challenges brought by the move to integrated health and care. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Operating theatres: opportunities to reduce waiting lists
This report, produced in conjunction with the Royal College of Surgeons, looks at unwarranted variation in theatre productivity and ways to improve how care is delivered in England. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Update to the Public Health Outcomes Framework and other PHE Official Statistics Profiles
PHE published an update to the 2 External 0 0 0Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) data tool false http://www.phoutcomes.info/ true false%>. On the same day, the online 2 External 0 0 0Local Alcohol Profiles for England false https://fingertips.phe.org.uk/profile/local-alcohol-profiles true false%>, 2 External 0 0 0Suicide Prevention Profile false https://fingertips.phe.org.uk/profile-group/mental-health/profile/suicide true false%> and 2 External 0 0 0End of Life Care Profiles false https://fingertips.phe.org.uk/profile/end-of-life true false%> will also be updated. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Local Alcohol Profiles for England data update
This latest data release includes: admission episodes for alcohol-related conditions (Narrow), admission episodes for alcohol-related conditions (Broad), admission episodes for alcohol-specific conditions. This release includes the above indicators broken down by age group and cause where appropriate and are available at local authority level as well as for England, the regions, and various inequality groups. The Local Alcohol Profiles have been published on an annual basis since 2006. These profiles have been designed to help local government and health services assess the effect of alcohol use on their local populations....
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New Start4Life campaign launched
PHE has launched its first ever 2 External 0 0 0 Start4Life false https://www.nhs.uk/start4life/ false false%> campaign about weaning babies - a recent survey suggests that a quarter of mums lack confidence when introducing their baby to solid foods. A brand-new weaning hub is now available on the Start4Life website to help parents during their weaning journey. With NHS-approved advice and tips for each weaning stage, plus simple, healthy weaning recipes for different age groups, it puts everything parents need to know in one place. Developed in partnership with parents, the weaning hub makes it easy for parents to find...
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E-cigs'twice as effective' than nicotine patches, gum or sprays for quitting
" E-cigarettes are almost twice as effective at helping smokers give up tobacco than other alternatives such as nicotine patches or gum, " Sky News reports. Researchers carried out a trial with 886 smokers who sought help through NHS stop smoking services. People were randomly assigned to either nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products (products such as patches or gums that can deliver a dose of nicotine) or e-cigarettes, plus one-to-one support for at least 4 weeks. After a year, 18% of e-cigarette users had stopped smoking tobacco, compared to 9.9% of NRT users. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Suicide prevention: cross-government plan
The government has published the first 2 External 0 0 0 cross-government suicide prevention plan false https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/suicide-prevention-cross-government-plan true false%>. The plan has a focus on how social media and the latest technology – such as predictive analytics and artificial intelligence – can identify those at risk of suicide (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Decontamination of the mouth or digestive tract was not linked to reductions in drug-resistant bloodstream infections in the intensive care unit
Decontamination strategies to remove potentially harmful bacteria from the mouth, throat and gut of critically ill patients don't reduce the risk of intensive care unit-acquired bloodstream infections or deaths from bacteria that were resistant to antibiotics. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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A reflective group activity supports healthcare staff in England
Regular participation in structured organisation-wide forums, known as Schwartz Center Rounds ® , helps support healthcare staff. The forums are linked with increased empathy and compassion for colleagues and patients, and they facilitate practice change. Levels of poor psychological well-being decrease in forum attendees compared with non-attendees. This NIHR-funded evaluation is the first mixed-methods, large-scale evaluation of the forums in England. They are now more widely adopted in the health service. The evaluation identifies learning and practical tips on running these forums well which could be useful for o...
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