Guidelines for routine gastrostomy tube replacement in children

March 26, 2014

Source:  Nursing Children and Young People 25/10 pp. 22-25

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Date of publicationDecember 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:   The safest method of inserting a gastrostomy in children that require full or supplemental enteral feeding for more than six weeks is by endoscopic placement. The device can be changed to a balloon, button or non-balloon type once a stoma tract has formed successfully following initial placement of a gastrostomy tube. Community nursing teams often support children with gastrostomies and their families. The National Nurses Nutrition Group, the Patient Safety Agency and manufacturers have produced guidance for the safe insertion and replacement of balloon and button gastrostomies, but standardised national guidelines are needed.

Length of Publication:  4 pages

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A guide for HCAs on safe patient transfers

September 25, 2013

Source:  Nursing Times vol/iss 109/26, pp. 20-2

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Date of publication:  July 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This article offers a definition of patient transfer and looks at patient safety and the role of healthcare assistants throughout the three phases of transfer. It discusses the role of escorting patients and the difference between transferring and escorting. It concludes that, for patients to be transferred safely adequate preparation is needed and the process should occur in distinct phases, each of which must be carried out with proper care and attention.

Length of Publication:  3 pages

Some important notes:  Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.


New Insulin Safety Guidance Issued to Reduce Wrong Dosages

July 22, 2010

SourceNational Reporting and Learning Service, National Patient Safety Agency

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Date of publication:  June 2010

Publication type: Guidance

In a nutshell:  Rapid Response Report guidance seeking to reduce the number of wrong dose incidents involving insulin. For immediate action by NHS organisations and the independent sector.

Length of publication:  1 webpage

Acknowledgements:  National Patient Safety Agency