• Lyme’s Disease: Recognition and Management for Emergency Nurses

      McGhee, Stephen; Visovsky, Constance; Zambroski, Cheryl; Finnegan, Alan; University of South Florida; University of Chester (RCN Publishing, 2018-08-04)
      Over the last 10 years there has been a significant rise in the numbers of patients who present to the Emergency Department (ED) with a diagnosis of Lyme disease. Although some patients may remain asymptomatic a significant number of patients present with a rash focused around a previous tick bite. Others may present with a wide range of debilitating symptoms that can be very problematic, if left untreated. Due to the growing prevalence of Lyme disease within the United Kingdom (UK) and the US, this article offers an overview of the vector borne nature of this illness and provides the Emergency Nurse with information on the pathophysiology, prevention, presenting symptoms, and management of Lyme disease.
    • Understanding of the Care Act 2014 among carers of adults with learning disabilities

      Gant, Valerie; University of Chester (RCN Publishing, 2017-05-26)
      The Care Act (2014) gave new rights to carers for assessment and aimed to provide a structure for a more personalised approach to care and support (DoH, 2014). The UK population is an aging one and research indicates that people with learning disabilities are part of this longevity (Emerson and Hatton, 2008; Foster and Boxall, 2015; Walker and Ward, 2013) with the majority of people with learning disabilities remaining in family care for many years (Cairns, et al. 2013; Gant, 2010). Thus carers are frequently providers of care for their relative with a learning disability and take on many levels of responsibility, often lasting for decades. This paper describes a research study involving 9 carers of adults with learning disabilities to establish their views on this piece of legislation, its likely significance to them and their relatives, and provides a forum for discussion and debate in terms of possible implications for practice.