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Video series: 'Providing a quality, structured asthma review'
Deirdre Siddaway, Respiratory Nurse Specialist, shares advice and guidance on assessing patients with asthma. Part 2 of 6.
Health professionals should help patients assess whether cardiopulmonary resuscitation should be attempted in the event of cardiorespiratory arrest.
An asthma patient passport could enable patients with severe asthma to get the right treatment when they present in accident and emergency with exacerbations
Respiratory nurses can create pulmonary rehabilitation care programmes to help improve the quality of life for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
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
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
The first national investigation into asthma deaths reveals deficiencies in risk assessment, prescribing and clinical care. Implications for practice are outlined
Patients with tracheostomies are at risk of serious complications. A review of care given to these patients has resulted in a range of recommendations
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series of clinical tests, starting with spirometry, should be used to help support a diagnosis of asthma, according to draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
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.
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.
Latest figures from Public Health England indicate that influenza is now circulating in the community.
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.
Toddlers who share a bed with their parents could have an increased risk of asthma in later life, suggests new research.
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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