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Nursing For Continence, 2nd Edition

Professor Christine Norton PhD, RGN. 401pp, 216x138mm, 1996, 0906584426
18.00 (UK postpaid 21.00; Outside of UK postpaid £24.00)

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The definitive text on the nursing care of the incontinent patient. Target reader the trained nurse, with a wide secondary readership in related professional fields.
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This second edition of Nursing for Continence is written by nurses, for nurses. A panel of leading continence nurse specialists in the UK have contributed their expertise to fully rework the well-received and successful first edition. The purpose is to make it possible for all nurses, in whatever setting, to take a positive approach to continence care.

Incontinence is a problem which can affect almost anybody - from the bedwetting child to a confused elderly person in a nursing home, from the new mother with stress leakage during her aerobics class to an older man with prostate enlargement. Each person needs a skilled individual assessment to determine the cause of their incontinence. Many can be cured or significantly improved, and where total continence is not restored, the nurse's role in advising and supporting the patient can be crucial to his or her wellbeing.

The particular requirements of different patient groups are dealt with in separate chapters (for example, men, women, children and people with a learning or physical disability), while other chapters cover specific topics, such as catheterisation and community care. Detailed guidance is given on the practical aspects of nursing interventions: teaching pelvic floor exercises or intermittent self-catheterisation; using bladder training; the selection of the most appropriate continence product for an individual; how to use a bed buzzer to cure bedwetting; and on the many other positive tools with which a nurse can promote continence.

Christine Norton trained as a nurse at St George's Hospital, London after reading history at Cambridge University. She subsequently worked in London as a sister in urodynamics units at St George's (Uro-gynaecology), the Institute of Urology and St Pancras Hospital (Elderly Care), and was Continence Adviser for Bloomsbury Health Authority. A post as Professional Development Officer for the Association for Continence Advice was followed by setting up the Continence Foundation, a national charity of which she was Director for its first three years. She is now Clinical Nurse Specialist - Continence at St Mark's Hospital, Harrow, Middlesex.

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