• Adult-trained perioperative nurses' practice of family-centered care.

      Hamilton, Grainne; Corlett, Jo; Dowling, Maura; Senior Staff Nurse, Trauma and Orthopaedic Theatres, Sligo Regional Hospital, Ireland. (British Journal of Nursing, 2014)
      The aim of this study was to explore adult-trained perioperative nurses' practice of family-centered care (FCC).
    • Carcinoid tumour of the middle ear

      Baig, Salman; Patil, Nash; Considine, Niall; Department of Otolaryngology, Sligo General Hospital, Sligo, Republic of Ireland. drsalmanbaig@gmail.com (2012-09)
      A case of middle ear mass in a young female from Ireland is described, who presented with left ear hearing loss and intermittent bloody discharge from the same ear. Examination under microscope revealed occlusive polyp in the left ear and a biopsy had been taken under general anaesthesia. Histopathology report described an adenoma / carcinoid tumour of the middle ear confirmed by positive immunohistochemical staining. CT temporal bones revealed the extension of the disease. The patient underwent left tympanotomy and excision of the tumour. In general, these tumours are regarded as benign but may be mistaken for adenocarcinomas because of their histological heterogenecity.
    • Haemochromatosis gene frequency in a control and diabetic Irish population.

      Kirk, L; Bird, J; Ramadan, S; Samad, A; Adebayo, G; Lourens, W; Williams, J; Pathology Department, Sligo General Hospital, Sligo, Ireland. (2009-03)
      Hereditary haemochromatosis is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. Two major mutations have been identified and the condition is emerging as one of the most common recessive mutations among subjects of Northern European descendants.
    • Stress among nurses working in an acute hospital in Ireland.

      Donnelly, Teresa; Sligo Regional Hospital, Ireland. (British Journal of Nursing, 2014)
      Stress among nurses leads to absenteeism, reduced efficiency, long-term health problems and a decrease in the quality of patient care delivered. A quantitative cross-sectional study was conducted. The study's aim was to identify perceived stressors and influencing factors among nurses working in the critical and non-critical care practice areas. A convenience sample of 200 nurses were invited to complete the Bianchi Stress Questionnaire. Information was collected on demographics and daily nursing practice. Findings indicated that perceived stressors were similar in both groups. The most severe stressors included redeployment to work in other areas and staffing levels. Results from this study suggest that age, job title, professional experience and formal post-registration qualifications had no influence on stress perception. These results will increase awareness of nurses' occupational stress in Ireland.
    • Sudden (reversible) sensorineural hearing loss in pregnancy.

      Kenny, R; Patil, N; Considine, N; Department of Audiology, Sligo General Hospital, Sligo, Ireland. rsmith1968@yahoo.com (2011-03)
      Sudden hearing loss directly associated with pregnancy or birth is a little known and rare occurrence. The temporary, unilateral, low-frequency sensorineural hearing loss in this case was reported after the birth of the patient's first child, and again during the third trimester of her second pregnancy.
    • Termination of pregnancy: attitudes and clinical experiences of Irish GPs and GPs-in-training.

      Murphy, Mark; Vellinga, Akke; Walkin, Scott; MacDermott, Maeve; Sligo GP Training Scheme, Sligo General Hospital, Sligo, Ireland. mark_murphy2005@yahoo.ie (2012-09)
      Termination of pregnancy (ToP) is currently illegal in Ireland. In 2010, more than 4000 women travelled from Ireland to the UK for a ToP.
    • Topical lidocaine patch 5% for acute postoperative pain control.

      Gilhooly, D; McGarvey, B; O'Mahony, H; O'Connor, T C; Anaesthesia and Pain Management, Sligo General Hospital, Sligo, Ireland. d.gilhooly@excite.com (2011-02)
      A 39-year-old para 3 woman presented for elective caesarean section (lower segment caesarean section (LSCS)) for breech presentation. The patient had a strong history of atopy and anaphylaxis to paracetamol, codeine, penicillin and latex. The patient was asthmatic, triggered by aspirin. Epidural anaesthesia was unsuccessful and LSCS was carried out under spinal anaesthesia. Postoperatively the patient was unwilling to take analgesic medication due to fear of an allergic reaction. Three 5% lidocaine patches were applied to the wound for postoperative analgesia. This reduced the patient's visual analogue scale pain score from 10/10 to 5/10 at rest and 10/10 to 7/10 with movement. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation was added and this improved associated back pain, reducing the pain further to 2/10. This is the first description of lignocaine patch 5% for postoperative LSCS pain. It is suggested that this method of delivery of local anaesthetic, which is easy to apply and has minimal side effects, should be considered not as a sole agent but as part of a multimodal technique to address postoperative LSCS pain.