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March 2012
Bringing you the latest news, features and guidance from NICE
New guidance
 
 

Tackling tuberculosis among hard-to-reach groups

 
 

New public health guidance from NICE could help to reduce the number of cases of tuberculosis among hard-to-reach groups, such as prisoners, homeless people, drug users and vulnerable migrants. The guidance recommends taking a more pro-active approach and using multidisciplinary teams.

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New drug for stroke prevention approved by NICE

 
 

Patients with atrial fibrillation can now be offered dabigatran (Pradaxa) in order to reduce the risk of developing blood clots and subsequent stroke, following final guidance from NICE. Dabigatran should only be offered after a discussion over its risks and benefits in comparison with warfarin.

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Also this month
 
 

NICE's patient experience quality standard can improve elderly care

NICE's quality standard for patient experience in adult services should be used across health and social care to improve standards of dignity for the elderly, experts say. The draft recommendation was made by the Commission on Improving Dignity in Care for Older people, as part of a drive to improve standards in hospitals and care homes across England.

 
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Also this month
 
 

123 new quality standards announced

The latest set of quality standards covering a wide range of topics, including heart failure, irritable bowel syndrome, skin cancer, and obesity in adults, has been referred to NICE. NICE will also, for the first time, develop public health quality standards in areas that relate to the NHS.

 
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Into practice
 
 

Tools to help you follow our updated infection control guidelines

NICE has published updated guidelines for the prevention of healthcare associated infections in primary and community care, which provides a blueprint for the infection prevention and control precautions that should be applied by everyone involved in the care of patients.

To help put this guidance into practice, NICE has produced a costing statement, audit and baseline assessment tools.

 
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New guidance
 
 

Tell us what you think about our draft guidance on the use of  the Mega Soft Patient Return Electrode, a device specifically designed to reduce localised burns during monopolar electrosurgery. Should the technology be available on the NHS?

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Have your say on the development of 2 pilot social care quality standards which look at the care of patients with dementia and the health and wellbeing of looked-after children and young people. These standards are being developed in preparation of NICE's move into social care.

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