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Respiratory Nursing

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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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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

Use of respiratory and facial protection Subscription Required

Latest guidance supports health professionals in selecting and using respiratory and facial protection to minimise the risk of infection

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.

Premature infants should get flu vaccine, say UK researchers

Children born prematurely are at an increased risk of flu-related complications and should be a priority group for the seasonal influenza vaccination, claim researchers.

Simple urine test could help tailor child asthma treatment  

A new urine test could help ensure children with asthma receive the level of medication they need to manage their illness better and prevent future exacerbations, according to researchers.

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Drop in access to COPD specialist nursing care sparks warning

There has been a “concerning” fall in access to specialist nurse services for patients admitted with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a major audit has found.

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When I visited my mother in hospital on Christmas Day I felt very grateful to the staff, who were working as hard as always. My mother’s needs were as acute on that day as on any other.

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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.

Concerns raised about late diagnosis of lung cancer

Concerns raised about late diagnosis of lung cancer

“Doctors in Britain are ‘missing opportunities’ to spot lung cancer at an early stage,” BBC News reports. A study found around a third of people with the condition die within 90 days of their initial diagnosis.

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