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

Asthma review video series: Part 2 - Assessing control

Asthma review video series: Part 2 - Assessing 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'

'Provide a quality, structured asthma review' video series: Part 1 - SIMPLE

20-Jan-2015

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

CPR benefits must outweigh the risks

Discussing CPR near the end of life Subscription Required

Health professionals should help patients assess whether cardiopulmonary resuscitation should be attempted in the event of cardiorespiratory arrest.

Using patient passports to improve A&E asthma care

Using patient passports to improve A&E asthma care Subscription Required

An asthma patient passport could enable patients with severe asthma to get the right treatment when they present in accident and emergency with exacerbations

The role of the nurse in pulmonary rehabilitation

The role of the nurse in pulmonary rehabilitation Subscription Required

Respiratory nurses can create pulmonary rehabilitation care programmes to help improve the quality of life for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Effects of water-based exercise training for people with COPD

Effects of water-based exercise training for people with COPD Subscription Required

A Cochrane review explored research that compared the effects of water-based training, land-based exercise and no training on exercise capacity and quality of life in people with COPD

Managing outbreaks of scarlet fever

Managing outbreaks of scarlet fever Subscription Required

England and Wales are currently experiencing unusually high rates of scarlet fever so it is vital that health professionals know what to do when someone is infected

Avoidable asthma deaths: national audit results

Avoidable asthma deaths: national audit results Subscription Required

The first national investigation into asthma deaths reveals deficiencies in risk assessment, prescribing and clinical care. Implications for practice are outlined

Safe care of patients with tracheostomies

Safe care of patients with tracheostomies Subscription Required

Patients with tracheostomies are at risk of serious complications. A review of care given to these patients has resulted in a range of recommendations

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NICE recommends raft of tests to improve asthma diagnosis

NICE recommends raft of tests to improve asthma diagnosis

A series of clinical tests, starting with spirometry, should be used to help support a diagnosis of asthma, according to draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

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Sleep apnoea more common in asthma patients, suggests study

Asthma patients have an increased risk of developing obstructive sleep apnoea, with the link stronger with having had asthma longer, according to a US study.

Encouraging signs for team role of lung cancer specialist nurses

There has been an “encouraging” increase in patient access to lung cancer specialist nurses, but capacity for further improvement remains, according to a report by doctors.

Flu season has now ‘started’, warn public health officials

Latest figures from Public Health England indicate that influenza is now circulating in the community.

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New 'practical' nutritional care guide for lung cancer patients

A guide for lung cancer nutritional care, including a lung cancer nutritional care pathway, has been published to assist the management of patients with lung cancer.

Higher asthma risk in toddlers who share bed with parents

Toddlers who share a bed with their parents could have an increased risk of asthma in later life, suggests new research.

NICE backs CRP test before prescribing antibiotics for pneumonia

Primary care clinicians should use a “simple blood test” if it is unclear whether a patient has pneumonia and needs to be treated with antibiotics, according to the National Institute for Health Care Excellence.

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