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International Nurses Day: Q and A with our Chief Nurse, Juliette Greenwood

Friday 12 May is International Nurses Day and across the world, the global health family comes together to celebrate the nursing profession. This year the theme focuses on ‘nurses as heroes’ and here at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) we want to pay tribute and say thank you to all our nursing staff who we see as the superheroes of healthcare. 

Skin biopsy: punch method

The skin is complex with an array of functions. It is the body’s largest organ, protecting the deeper tissues and organs from mechanical damage, chemical damage, bacterial damage, ultraviolet radiation and thermal damage. The skin aids in regulating body temperature, in excretion of urea and uric acid and also synthesis of vitamin D (Marieb 2012). 

Nasogastric and orogastric tube management

Enteral feeding is a very useful method of ensuring adequate intake of fluid and nutrients in patients who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to use the oral route, or are unable to take sufficient nutrients to maintain growth and development.

NOTE: We review our guidelines regularly and this guideline is now past its review date. The content of the guideline below may not reflect the most recent evidence based practice. Please use with caution.

When a child dies

This guideline is intended to supplement the resources found in the 'When a Child Dies' (WACD) purple box located in every ward, which gives detailed information on the care of a child after death and, additionally, the ongoing care and attention that the child's family will require (Rationale 1).