Drinking Too Much Causes Much More Than Erectile Dysfunction Problems

Overindulging in alcohol can have an immediate effect on your sex life; erectile dysfunction is a common side effect of over drinking. ED drugs such as Cialis (Tadalafil) can help however it is usually not advisable to take these type of pde5 inhibitors with alcohol. This is actually one of the questions that we, as an online clinic dealing primarily with impotence issues, get asked most often.

But it’s not just erectile dysfunction issues that are cause for concern.

A survey carried out by Alcohol Concern has discovered that the cost of hospital care for alcohol-related illnesses in the over fifties was more than £825 million. This showed that during 2010-11 more money was spent on 55-74 year olds than under 25’s, in fact the figure was ten times higher than for 16-24 year olds.

Working as an independent organisation covering England and Wales, Alcohol Concern campaigns to lower alcohol intake and help those with ailments due to alcohol abuse. They are a charity that also gives advice and training to other organisations.

For the population as a whole it cost almost £2 billion to treat alcohol induced complaints last year. The report also said that England has 10 million individuals that drink beyond the advised level of alcohol intake. Medical ailments associated with drinking too much can range from liver cirrhosis, pancreatitis, stomach ulcers and heart disease. There is also dementia, cancer and other mental health problems.

The reason for so many associated medical complaints is that alcohol is absorbed quickly into the bloodstream through the stomach and intestines, which is then filtered by the liver before circulating around the body. This is why so many people present with major liver disease and artery illnesses.

Injuries from accidents when being drunk not only affect the individual. Many hospitals have to employ extra medical staff and security to deal with unruly patients, adding more cost to an over stretched budget.

Mr Eric Appleby the Chief Executive for Alcohol Concern said that the reason for highlighting the nationwide problem in the way they have was by focusing on regions. Which means that the can concentrate on the extreme areas that are causing the greatest expense to the NHS.

The funding for this survey was from a Danish pharmaceutical firm Lundbeck, which manufactures primarily psychotic medicine. They produce some of the heavily prescribed medications for not just schizophrenia, but anxiety and depression that are key factors in alcohol abuse. Local councils will be using the information that has been gained from the survey next year, when they will become responsible for campaigns to reduce medical spending.

With the focus on the older generation that is at present causing the greatest cost to the NHS, should we also be looking at those that in a few decades will replace the current drain on the budget.

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Nurses’ Experience Key to Better Patient Care, Study Says

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FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Patients may get the best care when treated in hospital units staffed by highly experienced nurses, a new study shows.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 900,000 patients admitted over four years to U.S. Veterans Administration hospitals and found that for each one-year increase in the average tenure of registered nurses in a hospital unit, patients spent 1.3 percent less time in the hospital.

A shorter hospital stay indicates that a patient received better care, and is also more cost-effective, according to the researchers from Columbia University in New York City.

They also found that patients’ length of stay increased when a team of RNs (registered nurses) had to do without an experienced member or had a new member assigned to them.

The study appears in the current issue of American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.

“Reducing length of stay is the holy grail of hospital management because it means patients are getting higher quality, more cost-effective care,” senior study author Patricia Stone, a professor of health policy at Columbia’s School of Nursing, said in a university news release.

“When the same team of nurses works together over the years, the nurses develop a rhythm and routines that lead to more efficient care,” Stone said. “Hospitals need to keep this in mind when making staffing decisions — disrupting the balance of a team can make quality go down and costs go up.”

The findings show that hospital chief executives should consider policies to retain the most experienced nurses and create a work environment that encourages nurses to remain in their current units, study co-author Ann Bartel, a professor of workforce transformation at Columbia Business School, said in the news release.

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Christian nursery worker claims unfair dismissal over dispute with gay colleague

A Christian nursery nurse is claiming unfair dismissal after losing her job because she said she told a gay colleague the Bible regards the practice of homosexuality as a sin.

Sarah Mbuyi said she made the comments only after being pressed on her beliefs by a colleague who initiated the conversation at Newpark Childcare in Highbury, north London, in January.

Mbuyi is being supported in her case by the Christian Legal Centre, whose chief executive, Andrea Williams, said the government had “seriously let down” Christians and criticised David Cameron for attempting to “mould Christianity to his political agenda”.

Mbuyi, who is claiming unfair dismissal on grounds of religious discrimination, said: “When I said ‘No, God does not condone the practice of homosexuality, but does love you and says you should come to Him as you are’, [her colleague] became emotional and went off to report me to my manager.”

At an internal disciplinary hearing, she said, she was confronted with her colleague’s allegations, which included the claim that she herself had raised the issue of homosexuality on a number of occasions, which she denies. The nursery directors instantly dismissed her for gross misconduct.

“My disciplinary hearing was hopelessly one-sided because they put my accuser’s claims to me as fact, without any forewarning and so I wasn’t prepared. It seemed to me they had already made up their minds to justify sacking me, before hearing my side of the story, ” Mbuyi said.

Williams, a barrister, said if the prime minister was “serious in his support for Christianity”, he would intervene in the case.

She went on: “Sharing Biblical truths out of genuine love and concern for colleagues is being outlawed in the workplace by a dominating cultural correctness.

“There is a culture of fear which closes down freedom of speech and the manifestation of faith. This culture brands the liberating good news of the Gospel as oppressive and regressive.

“Sarah’s case demonstrates the confusion we’re experiencing in current times. David Cameron has given public recognition of the enormous positive impact that Jesus Christ has had on our nation but he wants to mould Christianity to his political agenda. History shows that Christianity is greater than any political agenda.

“David Cameron has ignored the concerns of the Christian community by driving through same-sex marriage. Any dissent in the public space, in the workplace, to the new prevailing orthodoxy means punishment as Sarah is experiencing.

“This is not a government with a track record of recognising and respecting Christian faith. It has deliberately and consistently undermined Christians and their freedom to live out their faith in the public square.”

Cameron said earlier in the week that Britain should be “more confident about our status as a Christian country” and “more evangelical about a faith that compels us to get out there and make a difference to people’s lives”.

In an article for the Church Times he described himself as a “classic” member of the Church of England, “not that regular in attendance, and a bit vague on some of the more difficult parts of the faith”.

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Review of nurse training to ‘bring back compassion’

The Lib Dem peer, Lord Willis of Knaresborough, who is leading the national
review, said the changes would include an emphasis on recruiting older
nurses from other careers.

There would also be a focus on recruiting nurses with “the right values” as
well as mentoring staff through their careers.

Lord Willis said the NHS needed to ensure that healthcare professionals took
more responsibility for their work and were held accountable for failings.

They should also feel able to challenge others about poor behaviour, he said.

“This is not about hospital brochures that say ‘we put patients first’,” he
said. “This is about changing the culture, leading by example and
challenging poor behaviour. At the core of all this should be caring for the

“Somehow, amid all these initiatives, that has been lost, and that is what we
need to restore.”

Since the public inquiry into the Mid Staffs scandal reported 14 months ago,
there have been several different programmes looking at aspects of nurse
training and recruitment.

Lord Willis said the new Shape of Caring review would examine the findings of
all the schemes to create a “coherent policy” on the care of patients.

He said the review would examine ways to encourage older people “from all
walks of life” to become nurses.

“Until now, nurse recruitment has been too focused on graduates,” he said.

“There has been an over-emphasis on 18 to 21-year-olds when actually what we
need is more a pathway for mature men and women with life experience, who
can see nursing as a second career,” he said.

The review will also examine concerns that poor care too often goes unchecked,
with insufficient penalties for nurses who fail to look after patients

Despite the public inquiry into Mid Staffs, where there were hundreds more
deaths than would have been expected between 2005 and 2009, just three
nurses -including one senior manager – were struck off.

Lord Willis said: “We need to brings in a greater level of accountability than
what is there at the moment. There are far too many people working in
healthcare who are able to pass the buck, just as we saw in Mid-Staffs,
where in the end no-one was found to be to blame. Those who deploy staff
should be responsible and if they cock it up they should take
responsibility,” he said.

He said he did not believe that uncaring people could be “taught” how to be
compassionate, but said good training would emphasise the importance of
basic bedside care to patient safety.

“When it comes to matters like nutrition, hygiene and bed changing the
training needs not to just tell nurses what to do but to explain why these
aspects are important,” he said.

The review, which will be launched next month by Health Education England and
the Nursing and Midwifery Council, is due to publish its recommendations by

The Lib Dem peer said he hoped all three parties would sign up to the policy
in the run-up to the next election.

Mr Hunt said: “The NHS is already rising to the challenge – post-Francis, we
have 2,400 more nurses on our wards, greater transparency, and compassionate
care replacing tick-box targets. This new review will bring together experts
from across the health sector to help train the next generation of nurses
and midwives.”

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Open consultation: Nursing and Midwifery Council: changes to governing legislation

The Nursing and Midwifery Council: proposed changes to the governing legislation

Article source: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/nursing-and-midwifery-council-changes-to-governing-legislation

Policy paper: Progress on improving nursing for people with learning disabilities

This report sets out the progress made in England during the past year against the 17 recommendations set out in ‘Strengthening the Commitment: The report of the UK Modernising Learning Disability Nursing Review (2012)’. It shows how the recommendations have been turned into good practice to achieve better health and wellbeing for people with learning disabilities.

It fulfils the commitment we made in ‘Transforming Care: A national response to Winterbourne View Hospital’.

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