Respiratory clinical articles
The National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death undertook a study to ascertain aspects of care that could be improved for patients receiving non-invasive ventilation
Breathing is central to life, as it allows the human body to obtain the energy it needs to sustain itself and its activities. But how does it work?
Partnership working between general practice and specialist respiratory teams can improve the management of patients with undiagnosed breathlessness. This project was shortlisted for the HRH Prince of Wales Award for Integrated Approaches, Nursing Times Awards 2016
Spirometry is widely used to diagnose and monitor respiratory diseases, but requires specific skills and knowledge. A national register is being created which will feature all appropriately trained and/or certified practitioners
A winning team from the Nursing Times Awards 2016 set up an asthma clinic for people with learning disabilities to help improve asthma control and reduce pressure on urgent care services
Severe asthma can be countered by adequate assessment, support and treatment both in primary care and in specialist centres. This article is accompanied by a self-assessment questionnaire so you can test your knowledge after reading it
The normal ageing process brings about changes to the respiratory system which mean older people are at increased risk of respiratory tract infections. What exactly happens and why?
In East London, joint working between respiratory and palliative care teams ensures patients with severe COPD have access to end-of-life care.
Ensuring rapid access to acute respiratory careSubscription
Development of a specialist acute outreach team and rapid-access clinics enabled a trust to ensure acute respiratory patients had timely access to specialist care
Issues of home-based non-invasive ventilationSubscription
Non-invasive ventilation is increasingly used to manage patients with COPD at home, but the evidence base is poor and competent professionals are insufficient in number