Latest respiratory research
Non-attendance at a difficult-asthma clinicSubscription
Patients may miss difficult-asthma clinic appointments for several reasons; a study examined whether telephoning those who did not turn up improved future attendance
Denise Beach has asthma. She outlines her problems in accessing appropriate treatment in accident and emergency
Buteyko technique use to control asthma symptomsSubscription
The Buteyko breathing technique has been shown to help people control asthma symptoms and could be incorporated into asthma reviews by practice nurses
Managing hay fever during the exam periodSubscription
Hay-fever symptoms tend to coincide with school and college examination periods and, if uncontrolled, can have a detrimental effect on students’ results
Care bundles reduce readmissions for COPDSubscription
A care bundle for patients with acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease enabled nurses to improve the care pathway and reduce readmissions
The second article in a two-part series on the use of spacers to treat asthma in children describes the development of a child friendly spacer
More than one million children in the UK have asthma. Those who use spacers with their inhalers have a better chance of getting an effective drug dose.
Cutting levels of antimicrobial resistanceSubscription
Growing levels of resistance to antimicrobial drugs pose a serious threat to healthcare systems. Nurses have an important role in combating this threat
When terminally ill patients are given continuous deep sedation without hydration, should we call it a form of palliative care, or is it in fact slow euthanasia?
Silver tube coatings in pneumonia preventionSubscription
A review of the literature determined whether silver-coated endotracheal tubes were effective in preventing ventilator-associated pneumonia.