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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

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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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Intermittent and daily therapy for tuberculosis in children

Intermittent and daily therapy for tuberculosis in children Subscription Required

There is insufficient evidence to support one drug treatment regimen for children with tuberculosis over any other. Research is therefore needed to identify effective medication regimens

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

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New software tool creates instant asthma action plans

Practice nurses will be able to produce plans to help asthma sufferers manage their condition at the click of a mouse thanks to the launch of a new software tool by a leading charity.

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Increase in antibiotic 'failure rate'

'Shocking' increase in antibiotic failure rate

A “worrying” number of antibiotics prescribed to patients by their family doctors fail to treat common infections, new research suggests.

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New combination treatment for COPD available in primary care

A new once-daily dual bronchodilator is now available across England for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, its manufacturers have announced.

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Nurse led asthma programme cuts hospital admissions

A nurse led approach to managing asthma in the community can reduce admissions among children by 40%, new London based research has found.

Ban e-cig use indoors, says WHO

WHO calls for ban on indoor use of e-cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes should face greater restrictions on their use, sale and promotion, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

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Rarer flu types 'could help with vaccine', say researchers

Rarer forms of flu may be the key to producing a vaccine that protects against many different strains, US scientists believe.

September surge in hospital admissions for asthma

A spike in hospital admissions among people with asthma in the month of September could be caused by children’s return to school and the spread of the common cold, a charity has said in response to new figures.

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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.

Cosmetics blamed for raised child asthma risk

Cosmetics blamed for raised child asthma risk

“Chemicals in make-up and perfumes fuelling rise in children with asthma,” reports the Mail Online.

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