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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

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.

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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Too many asthma patients 'failing to control their condition'

Many asthma patients are putting themselves at risk by relieving their symptoms instead of really taking control of their condition, a charity has warned.

New drug combination approved in Wales for treating asthma

The All Wales Medicines Strategy Group has given its backing to a new combination of a long-acting beta2-agonist and inhaled corticosteroid.

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Liver disease could become a bigger killer than heart disease

The increase in liver disease is startling with it now being the fifth biggest killer in England and Wales with around a 25% increase in deaths in the last decade.

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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.

Death rate 'much higher' in English than US hospitals

“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”.

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