Latest respiratory research
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.
Patient information on nebulised antibioticsSubscription
A leaflet was designed to provide high-quality information to patients with non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis who are prescribed nebulised antibiotics.
Good communication, openness, honesty and support are key to making palliative care manageable for relatives and carers
Abdominal pain in children with pneumoniaSubscription
Children with pneumonia can experience abdominal pain and this may be the only symptom. Health professionals must be aware of this to avoid incorrect diagnoses
Nutrition screening in patients with COPDSubscription
Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are at increased risk of malnutrition. Nurses should ensure they screen patients and offer advice or referral
Benefits of digital thoracic drainage systemsSubscription
Traditional chest drainage systems can present problems. A trust found that digital drainage systems improved treatment times and patient mobility
Very brief advice on smokingSubscription
A quick offer to support patients to quit smoking can be far more effective than telling them to stop. A short film that counts towards CPD can help nurses do this