Previous Article Next Article BriefingOn 1 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today A round-up of news from the professional journalsPublic can save lives Use of defibrillators by lay volunteers can double the survival ratefollowing sudden cardiac arrest, an Italian study has found. Speaking at theEuropean Society of Cardiology Congress in Vienna, Massimo F Piepoli, ofGuglielmo da Saliceto Hospital in Italy, told delegates that placing equipmentin public sites and training volunteers on its use could cut average treatmenttimes. Nursing Times, 3 September 2003 Misdiagnosing PHT GPs are misdiagnosing cases of lung disease as asthma, and could be causingpatients to die prematurely, a pulmonary hypertension (PHT) nurse expert has warned.Ann Mainwood said that almost every week, a new patient comes to her with PHT,having been treated for long periods for asthma. She is urging doctors andasthma nurses to learn more about PHT. Nursing Standard, 12 September 2003 Nurses resist pressure NHS Direct nurses are resisting pressure from managers to process calls morequickly, an analysis of the nurse-led helpline has found. Researcher GerardHanlon, of King’s College London, interviewed 60 callers, 33 nurses and callhandlers, and studied transcripts of 120 calls taken. He said there were noofficial attempts to ration the amount of time nurses should spend on eachcall, but said “there was pressure in this regard”. Nursing Standard, 12 September 2003 Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.