Latest respiratory research
Diagnosing and treating vocal cord dysfunctionSubscription
Vocal cord dysfunction is often mistaken for asthma. Increasing staff awareness of the condition is essential to effective diagnosis and treatment
The first in a two-part series explores the purpose and technique of the spirometry test
Hypertonic saline for bronchiectasisSubscription
A nurse-led initiative has demonstrated that nebulised hypertonic saline can help patients with bronchiectasis to clear secretions, improving their quality of life
The Department of Health’s publication of An Outcomes Strategy for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease(COPD) and Asthma in England last month is the culmination of several years’ persistent lobbying from health professionals and patient groups.
Delivering oxygen therapy in acute care: part 2Subscription
In part 2 of our focus on oxygen therapy, we look at how developing a spectrum of respiratory support aids the appropriate admininstration of oxygen
Delivering oxygen therapy in acute care: part 1Subscription
Oxygen administration is important and common, but can cause harm. Nurses often have to start patients on oxygen therapy so need a good understanding of its use
Intravenous antibiotics in cystic fibrosisSubscription
What is the optimum duration of antibiotic therapy to treat chest exacerbations in CF?
Using action plans for COPD patientsSubscription
Education about COPD may improve patients’ knowledge about self-management. This Cochrane review compared action plans with standard interventions
COPD and anxiety: its impact on patients’ livesSubscription
Nurses can take on the difficult role of identifying and managing panic disorders in COPD
In 2001, when the National Service Framework for Older People was published, I was working as a newly appointed consultant nurse for older people. I welcomed the NSF because it was a way of highlighting the importance of developing services and care for older people.