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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
In East London, joint working between respiratory and palliative care teams ensures patients with severe COPD have access to end-of-life 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
Improving outcomes with online COPD self-careSubscription
An innovative approach to the self-management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is demonstrating the efficacy of online patient support
Acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can result in hospital admission so it is essential that nurses know which treatments are most effective
An audit of care provided to patients with COPDSubscription
Nationwide audit of COPD care reveals many aspects of provision have improved, but the number of units with specialist nurses managing COPD caseloads has declined
Capturing patients’ experience and outcomes is crucial if services are to provide high-quality care for patients living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Non-invasive ventilation in COPD exacerbationsSubscription
Non-invasive ventilation can be extremely effective in treating acute type 2 respiratory failure in patients with exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
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
Symptom "accommodation" in patients with COPDSubscription
Patients with COPD often learn to cope with or “accommodate” their symptoms, which presents a challenge for nurses in terms of assessment and treatment. Download a print-friendly PDF file of this article here