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Latest guidance supports health professionals in selecting and using respiratory and facial protection to minimise the risk of infection
Sepsis is a medical emergency. Early identification and treatment are essential but many health staff are unable to recognise its signs and symptoms
National and local strategies aim to reduce the risk of hypothermia. Nurses have a vital role in identifying and supporting patients at risk of hypothermia
Chronic respiratory conditions with antibody deficiency can be treated with replacement therapy at home rather than in hospital
Exacerbations are common in people with asthma so patients should be thoroughly assessed each time they present and management tailored to each individual
Measurement of exhaled nitric oxide is a non-invasive test that can be used in primary care settings to predict reponsiveness to steroid therapy in patients with asthma
The flu vaccine programme aims to avert cases of the disease in children and reduce the public health impact of flu
It is a “scandal” that one in three cystic fibrosis sufferers who are waiting for donated lungs die while on the transplant list, a charity has warned.
Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are less likely to be admitted to hospital due to the condition if they take daily walks, new research suggests.
A harmful lung disease could soon be diagnosed without the need for dangerous surgical biopsy procedures, according to new US research.
Thousands of patients with serious lung disease might have missed the chance of potentially life-saving early treatment because clinicians failed to spot their symptoms, claim UK researchers.
The number of adults smoking in England has fallen below 20% for the first time in probably 80 years, researchers have said.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is reviewing its guidance on the use of two lung cancer drugs – erlotinib and gefitinib – in response to changing clinical practice.
The NHS is a “demoralised, degraded and confused” health service two years into a government re-organisation, shadow health minister Andy Burnham has claimed.
For the Department of Health’s Week of Action Rebecca Sherrington of the Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists speaks about their strategy for improving respiratory disease mortality rates
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This is the first in a two-part unit on acute respiratory failure. Part 1 explores respiratory failure and its causes and identifies ways of recognising patients in acute respiratory failure.
Behind the Headlines
“NHS death rate is one of worst in the West,” says the Daily Mail, while The Times front page warns of “Alarm over ‘high’ death rate in English hospitals”.