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Chapter 1: Infection Prevention and Control - Rose Gallagher Hand-washing Using hand sanitizer When to remove your gloves and why Chapter 2: Aseptic Technique and Specimen Collection - Rose Gallagher Principles of asepsis Common steps for the collection of all types of specimen Taking a wound swab Collecting a faeces specimen Collecting a urine specimen Collecting a sputum sample Taking a nasal swab Taking a throat swab Chapter 3: Clinical Measurement - Valerie Foley Common steps for all clinical measurements Counting a respiratory rate Measuring SPO2 Measuring a pulse rate Automated blood pressure measurement Manual blood pressure measurement Measuring capillary refill time Measuring body temperature Blood glucose monitoring Chapter 4: Pain Management - Ann Kettyle Undertaking a pain assessment Chapter 5: Skin Integrity - Irene Anderson and Catherine Delves-Yates Principles of caring for a patient with a wound Pressure related injuries - quick reference guide Chapter 6: Safer Handling of People - Dianne Steele Efficient movement principles A safe way of working when moving a patient Chapter 7: First Aid - Chris Mulryan and Catherine Delves-Yates The recovery position ABCDE summary actions Management of choking AVPU assessment Chapter 8: Medicines Administration - Carol Hall and Catherine Delves-Yates Administering medication (oral or topical route) Administering a subcutaneous injection Administering an intramuscular injection Chapter 9: Assisting Patients with their Nutritional Needs - Kate Goodhand and Jane Ewen Common steps for all nutrition-related skills Weighing a patient Assisting a patient to eat and drink Passing a nasogastric tube Confirmation of position of a nasogastric tube Maintaining a nasogastric tube Removing a nasogastric tube Caring for a PEG (pertcutaneous endoscopic gastronomy) Stoma care Peripheral vascular cannula care Chapter 10: Assisting Patients with their Elimination Needs - Mairead Collie, David J. Hunter and Valerie Foley Common steps for all elimination-related skills Assessing bowel function Assisting a patient to use a bedpan, urinal or commode Performing catheter care Emptying a patient's catheter bag Urinalysis Chapter 11: Assisting Patients with their Hygiene Needs - Catherine Delves-Yates Common steps for all hygiene procedures Bathing a patient in bed Shaving Teeth-cleaning Assisting a patient with a wash (out of bed) Trimming nails Washing a patient's hair in bed Chapter 12: Performing Last Offices - Jean Shapcott Performing last offices

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Catherine Delves-Yates is an experienced nurse and a Lecturer at the School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK. She started her nursing career as a student at the Nightingale School of Nursing, London and has worked clinically in adult and paediatric critical care in the UK and has taught and nursed in America, Africa and Nepal. Her passion is to ensure all nurses have the knowledge, skills and professionalism to deliver effective compassionate care to each of their patients. Catherine is an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Buea and the Higher Institute of Applied Medical Sciences, Cameroon and an international advisor to the Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Nepal. Currently she is researching whether nursing students' views of health and illness alter during their pre-registration nursing programme. Fiona Everett is currently a Nurse Lecturer within pre-registration and master's level nursing programmes with teaching, co-ordination and research supervision responsibilities. Fiona has a wide range of clinical experience including adult nursing, midwifery, district nursing and research project management within primary care. She has particular interests in clinical skills, dementia care and developing contemporary, support mechanisms in nurse education. She has published in these areas in nursing journals and has disseminated her work at national and international conferences. She is also an editor and author for SAGE publications in relation to the Essentials of Nursing Practice and Essential Clinical Skills for Nurses: Step by Step. Fiona is the co-creator of "Class in a Bag', which is a portable educational resource that enables the delivery of health promotion in a diverse range of environments to suit individual needs. (Winner of Scotland's Dementia Awards, 2016, Best Educational Initiative) Wendy Wright is an Adult Nursing lecturer in the pre-registration and the master's level nursing programmes and is currently the BSc Adult Nursing Programme Lead. Wendy has a wide range of acute clinical experience including infectious diseases, stroke and elderly assessment and rehabilitation. Wendy has responsibilities interests including clinical skills education for student nurses, dementia, the frail older Adult and the student experience. With a particular interest in the development of Class in A Bag (CIAB) which has developed from the initial research of Dementia through the eyes of a child. She has published in these areas in nursing journals and has presented at national and international conferences. She is also an editor and author for SAGE publications in relation to Essentials of Nursing Practice and Essential Clinical Skills for Nurses. Wendy is the co-creator of "Class in a bag", which is a portable educational resource that enables the delivery of health promotion in a diverse range of environments to suit individual needs. (Winner of Scotland's Dementia Awards, 2016, Best Educational Initiative)

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