A round-up of news from the professional journals

Hospital meals ‘not fit to serve to a dog’

Meals served to patients in a Scottish hospital are not fit to be served to
a pet dog, a nurse has told health minister Malcolm Chisholm. Nurses have to
supplement some patients’ diets with high-protein drinks because of the
unappetising state of the food, said the nurse, who asked not to be named.
Nursing Standard,10 November

Diabetes ignored

Diabetes symptoms are being ignored and left untreated because healthcare
professionals continue to view it as a "mild" condition, the charity
Diabetes UK has warned. It is calling for better training for nurses so the
serious complications associated with the condition can be prevented. A report
by healthcare analysts Dr Foster, commissioned by Diabetes UK, concluded there
are wide variations across the UK in the early diagnosis of diabetes.
Nursing Standard, 10 November

Unsafe injections

Three-quarters of injections given in some developing countries are unsafe,
according to new research. A study published in the British Medical Journal
examined the frequency and safety of injection practices in 14 regions. Up to
75 per cent of injections were given with reused, unsterilised equipment. Reuse
was highest in south-east Asia, the Middle East, and the Western Pacific
Nursing Times, 7 November

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