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Respiratory Nursing

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Video series: 'Providing a quality, structured asthma review'

Part 6 - Personal Asthma Action Plans

24-Feb-2015

Deirdre Siddaway, Respiratory Nurse Specialist, shares advice and guidance on developing personalised asthma action plans. Part 6 of 6.

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Part 5: Stepping down treatment

17-Feb-2015

Deirdre Siddaway, Respiratory Nurse Specialist, shares advice and guidance on assessing patients with asthma. Part 5 of 6.

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Part 4 - 'Right drug, at the right dose using the right device'

10-Feb-2015

Deirdre Siddaway, Respiratory Nurse Specialist, shares advice and guidance on assessing patients with asthma. Part 4 of 6.

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Part 3 - Inhaler technique and recording peak flow

3-Feb-2015

Deirdre Siddaway, Respiratory Nurse Specialist, shares advice and guidance on assessing patients with asthma. Part 3 of 6.

Asthma review video series: Part 2 - Assessing control

Part 2 - Assessing asthma control

27-Jan-2015

Deirdre Siddaway, Respiratory Nurse Specialist, shares advice and guidance on assessing patients with asthma. Part 2 of 6.

'Provide a quality, structured asthma review'

Part 1 - How the acronym SIMPLE can help you remember the stages of an asthma review

20-Jan-2015

Deirdre Siddaway, Respiratory Nurse Specialist, sharing advice and guidance on assessing patients with asthma. Part 1 of 6.

Pulmonary tuberculosis: the disease can be transmitted by coughing and sneezing

Barriers to managing TB in emergency departments Subscription Required

A survey of staff in an emergency department unit explored whether they had the knowledge to recognise and manage patients presenting with tuberculosis.

X-rays are used to diagnose active TB

How nurses can support early diagnosis of TB Subscription Required

Tuberculosis is now a significant public health issue, and nurses need to know its signs and symptoms and which groups at increased risk of infection.

Enteral feeding with specialist products can provide replacement energy and protein

Giving nutrition support to critically ill adults

Patients who are critically ill are at greater risk of malnutrition and nurses must be able to accurately assess their nutritional needs to help them recover.

Fractures occur commonly in infancy and childhood, but decrease after puberty

Assessing and managing osteogenesis imperfecta Subscription Required

Osteogenesis imperfecta - commonly known as brittle bone disease - is a rare inherited disease that can present as trauma fractures in babies and children.

One idea involved detailing named nurses on a whiteboard to help patients and carers

"Just Do It": nurse-led change in Nottingham Subscription Required

Nottingham University Hospitals Trust has created a quality-improvement scheme that gives nurses the opportunity to have their ideas put into practice with minimal delay

Chest drains are used to release trapped air

Setting up a nurse-led chest drain clinic Subscription Required

Patients with ambulatory chest drains can be discharged home early if supported by review at a nurse-led clinic, patient information and a 24-hour helpline.

CPAP has numerous benefits, but patient adherence to the treatment is low

Adherence to CPAP in obstructive sleep apnoea Subscription Required

A Cochrane review explored the effectiveness of strategies to improve adherence to continuous positive airway pressure treatment in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea

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Researchers hail ‘incredibly exciting’ findings on cause of asthma

Cardiff University scientists claim to have identified for the first time the potential root cause of asthma and an existing drug that offers a new treatment.

Transplant study shows NHS can outshine US healthcare system

Transplant study shows NHS can outshine US healthcare system

Cystic fibrosis patients who undergo lung transplantation in the US have worse outcomes in the long run than NHS patients, according to latest study findings.

Caution urged over antibiotic scripts for pregnant women with asthma

Researchers have advised caution when prescribing antibiotics to women with asthma during pregnancy, as it may increase the risk of their child going on to develop the condition as well.

Elderly BME patient

Air quality in nursing homes ‘affects lung health of residents’

The indoor air quality in nursing homes can have a serious effect on the lung health of older residents, according to the findings of a European study.

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New COPD combination treatment gets go-ahead for use by Welsh NHS

The All Wales Medicines Strategy Group has recommended a new once-daily dual bronchodilator treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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More specialist nurses needed to 'improve lung cancer survival rates'

More specialist lung cancer nurses are required in England, as part of a series of measures, if survival rates are to match those in other parts of Europe, according to a group of experts.

Calls for fast-track treatment for drivers with obstructive sleep apnoea

People with obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome who drive vehicles for a living should be able to complete treatment and return to work within four weeks of referral, according to a campaign group.

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'Knowledge of how to care for people with dementia is not reaching many staff'

A few weeks ago I went to see Still Alice and cried. Despite close contact with people with dementia it was a shock to see a middle-aged woman with the condition, her rapid decline and the impact her illness had on those around her. As a woman in my fifties I was also frightened by what the future might hold.

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Can we teach the next generation of nurses compassion?

Can we teach the next generation of nurses compassion?

With reviews and reports throwing up questions about whether there exists a lack of compassion in healthcare, Emma Vincent asks if compassion truly is something that can be taught.

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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.

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Breath test shows promise in diagnosing stomach cancer

“A simple breath test could help predict whether people with gut problems are at high risk of developing stomach cancer,” BBC News reports.

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