CPD articles

Our continuing professional development (CPD) articles are designed to assist with your nursing skills and practice.

The Glasgow Coma Scale in adults: doing it right

After 40 years, the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) is the resource of choice for assessing the...

Assessment and management of pain in children following traumatic limb injury

Children with acute musculoskeletal pain caused by traumatic injury often present to...
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Management of head injuries in children

Head injury is the most common cause of injury-related death and permanent disability in...

Assessment, management and treatment of acute fingertip injuries

Fingertip injuries with nail bed trauma can require specialist hand surgery, depending on...

Examining the knee joint

Appropriate history taking and examination can ensure accurate diagnosis of common knee...

Writing and publishing clinical articles: a practical guide

The sharing of knowledge among nurses and clinicians can strengthen the healthcare...

Mental health emergencies: using a structured assessment framework

People who have mental health crises while attending emergency departments (EDs) require...

Treating knee pain: history taking and accurate diagnoses

Prompt and effective diagnosis and treatment for common knee problems depend on...

Introduction to electrocardiogram interpretation: part 2

Twelve-lead electrocardiograms (ECGs) record 12 different views of cardiac electrical...

An introduction to electrocardiogram interpretation: part 1

This article describes how to interpret the single-lead electrocardiogram (ECG). The author...

Therapeutic hypothermia in the treatment of cardiorespiratory arrest

Prompt treatment of patients with cardiorespiratory arrest can mean the difference between...

An overview of meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia

This article provides an overview of meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia, which can...

Emergency care of patients with gunshot wounds

This article provides an overview of the mechanism of ballistic injuries. It also...

History taking and clinical examination of the shoulder

Prompt and effective diagnosis and treatment for common shoulder problems depends on the...

Toxic shock syndrome

Toxic shock syndrome is outlined, paying particular attention to the important role of...

Potassium disturbances and associated electrocardiogram changes

This article describes the clinical presentation and associated electrocardiogram recordings...

Hand assessment

In this article, David McKenna describes the basic anatomy and biomechanics of the hand and...

Assessment of acute foot and ankle sprains

Acute ankle and foot trauma is a regular emergency presentation and prompt strategic...

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