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Use of respiratory and facial protection

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Latest guidance supports health professionals in selecting and using respiratory and facial protection to minimise the risk of infection

Early identification and treatment of sepsis

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Sepsis is a medical emergency. Early identification and treatment are essential but many health staff are unable to recognise its signs and symptoms

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Physical and social causes of hypothermia

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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

Subcutaneous immuno-globulin therapy at home

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Chronic respiratory conditions with antibody deficiency can be treated with replacement therapy at home rather than in hospital

Managing acute asthma in primary care Subscription Required

Exacerbations are common in people with asthma so patients should be thoroughly assessed each time they present and management tailored to each individual

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Use of exhaled nitric oxide in asthma care

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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

Influenza immunisation for healthy children

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The flu vaccine programme aims to avert cases of the disease in children and reduce the public health impact of flu

Poor diets 'contributing to increased asthma prevalence'

The spread of poor diets with large amounts of processed food, fat and refined sugar could be leading to increasing levels of inflammation in the body and, as a result, contributing to increased asthma prevalence, say researchers.

NICE backs FeNO devices for asthma diagnosis

A simple, handheld test has been recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to help clinicians in the diagnosis and management of asthma.

Smoking ban cuts asthma admissions and preterm birth rates

Preterm births and cases of children attending hospital with asthma have fallen dramatically since laws banning smoking in public places and workplaces were introduced in Europe and North America.

Statins 'could help lung patients'

Statins cut chronic coughing in bronchiectasis patients

Drugs currently used to lower cholesterol could bring relief to lung disease patients, a study has shown.

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NICE positive about lung cancer drug

Draft guidance has recommended afatinib (Giotrif) as a treatment for locally advanced, or metastatic, non-small-cell lung cancer.

Lung cancer rates rise for women, but fall for men

Lung cancer rates have soared among women over the past four decades, but are now declining among men, new figures show.

Majority of flu patients are 'symptom free'

Less than a quarter of people infected in recent flu outbreaks actually showed any symptoms, UK researchers have claimed.

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'Why do we remain so blasé about administering oxygen?'

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An overview of acute exacerbations of COPD

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Assessing and preventing acute exacerbations of COPD

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Acute respiratory failure 1: assessing patients

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.

Death rate 'much higher' in English than US hospitals

“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”.

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