Latest respiratory research
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. Download a print-friendly PDF file of this article here
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 Download a print-friendly PDF file of this article here
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.
Breastfeeding: how to increase prevalenceSubscription
Breastfeeding problems are often caused by positioning and attachment difficulties. An early intervention service was set up to provide support to new mothers.
Opioid prescribing in palliative careSubscription
NICE guidance on prescribing strong opioids for pain relief in palliative care stresses the importance of communication.
Incentive spirometry after abdominal surgerySubscription
Incentive spirometry can help to prevent pulmonary complications after abdominal surgery. Nurses have an essential role in helping patients to use it correctly
In 2004, a child died after being fed through a nasogastric tube that had been misplaced in her lungs.
Using COPD action plans to manage exacerbationsSubscription
People at risk of COPD exacerbations should be given self-management plans to encourage them to respond to increased symptoms - but do patients use them?
Managing allergic rhinitisSubscription
The symptoms of allergic rhinitis can be disruptive and distressing. This article outlines their causes and triggers, and the main treatment options.