News, practice and discussion forums for respiratory nurse specialists
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
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
Latest guidance supports health professionals in selecting and using respiratory and facial protection to minimise the risk of infection
Sepsis is a medical emergency. Early identification and treatment are essential but many health staff are unable to recognise its signs and symptoms
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
Chronic respiratory conditions with antibody deficiency can be treated with replacement therapy at home rather than in hospital
A nurse led approach to managing asthma in the community can reduce admissions among children by 40%, new London based research has found.
Electronic cigarettes should face greater restrictions on their use, sale and promotion, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.
Rarer forms of flu may be the key to producing a vaccine that protects against many different strains, US scientists believe.
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.
Many asthma patients are putting themselves at risk by relieving their symptoms instead of really taking control of their condition, a charity has warned.
The All Wales Medicines Strategy Group has given its backing to a new combination of a long-acting beta2-agonist and inhaled corticosteroid.
More must be done to curb unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics, officials have said, after a new study found that the number of patients dished out the drugs for minor ailments has soared in recent years.
Most nurses experience it right at the start. It could be on the bus to your first day of placement, when you have the urge to lean over and tell a stranger that you’re a nurse by the way.
Why are patients and healthcare professionals not as engaged with respiratory care as with other diseases?
Having been involved in the asthma deaths inquiry panel, Rebecca Sherrington questions why simple changes aren’t being made in respiratory care
Favourites from the archive
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.
Behind the Headlines
“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”.