Hospital nurses involved in discharging children after severe asthma attacks should broach the issue of environmental tobacco smoke with parents or carers, according to the authors of a major audit.
Asthma patients should in future be prescribed a leukotriene receptor antagonist as an intermediate step-up between a preventer inhaler and a combination inhaler, if their condition is poorly controlled.
The high profile specialist provider Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust has been given a “requires improvement” rating by the Care Quality Commission.
Community-acquired pneumonia should not be regarded as a seasonal disease linked to winter, as it occurs throughout all four seasons, according to Spanish researchers.
There has been an “encouraging rise in survival” among patients with lung cancer, according to a major audit, but contact with nurse specialists remains too low.
Discharge planning for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease must be improved, says a report that found more than 40% end up back in hospital after three months.
Treatment in intensive care does not necessarily benefit patients experiencing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or heart failure exacerbations, or even acute heart attacks, suggests a study.
Recent calls for an expansion of hospital smoking bans to outside areas as well have been reignited by Public Health England.
Tucking up children in dust mite-proof bedding may help reduce severe asthma attacks and prevent frightening and costly hospital admissions, suggests new UK research.
Climate friendly asthma inhaler swap encouragedSubscription
Nurses and other clinicians should consider swapping asthma patients onto more environmentally friendly types of inhaler, where it is safe to do so, says a professional body.