Sepsis

Sepsis is one of those words that strikes fear into the heart of every nurse and can often be perceived as a death sentence, but what’s really going on? Who's the culprit? The underlying cause of sepsis can be any old bog-standard infection; this could be a bacterium, virus, fungi or protozoa. Once there is … Continue reading Sepsis

Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is often considered a disease of the past, but it's still kicking around today, so what exactly is it? What is TB? Mycobacterium tuberculosis, along with its close relatives, is a bacterium most commonly known for infecting the lungs and sometimes other parts of the body, spread through droplets coughed or sneezed by a … Continue reading Tuberculosis

Progressive Supranuclear Palsy and Corticobasal Degeneration

Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (previously known as Steele-Richardson-Olszewski Syndrome) and Corticobasal Degeneration are rare degenerative neurological disorders that have similar clinical pictures and often overlap. Both are caused by aggregation of tau proteins, which stick together to form neurofibrillary tangles, damaging the neurons around them. Both of these disorders are commonly misdiagnosed as Parkinson, Alzheimer's, stroke … Continue reading Progressive Supranuclear Palsy and Corticobasal Degeneration

Heart Failure

Heart failure is one of those medical conditions that you’re guaranteed to hear during handover and is something most members of the public have heard of but often don’t understand. It effects 920,000 people in the UK and between 2015-16, Cornwall had 427 patients with heart failure admitted to hospital. This long-term health condition impacts … Continue reading Heart Failure