Category list : Abnormal vital signs
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Assessing the pulse rate in adult patientsSubscription
Pulse assessment is a vital component of good nursing care. Nurses must feel confident in their ability to accurately measure the pulse to assess patients’ health statuses
This two-part unit explores the monitoring of patients receiving a blood transfusion. This first part outlines the importance of making careful checks before the transfusion, as well as that of monitoring a patient receiving a transfusion.
This two-part unit focuses on monitoring patients who have blood transfusions. The first part emphasised the importance of visual observations and monitoring patients’ vital signs to ensure rapid action should there be any adverse effects. This second part describes the physiology behind the signs and symptoms of a blood transfusion reaction.
Nurses are likely to encounter people experiencing breathlessness in all healthcare settings and need to understand the significance of this distressing symptom
Breathlessness is a common problem in advanced disease. This article looks at pharmacological and non-pharmacological ways to manage this symptom. Download a print-friendly PDF file of this article here
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Feverish illness in children under fiveSubscription
An updated NICE guideline offers new advice on how to manage children presenting with fever
Forty years on: updating the Glasgow Coma ScaleSubscription
Forty years after its initial implementation, the Glasgow Coma Scale has been updated to address variations in technique that have developed over time
How helpful are early warning scores?Subscription
Despite the use of early warning scoring systems, deteriorating patients are often not identified, suggesting these systems may not be sufficiently robust
Hypotension is one of the first signs of patient deterioration. Knowing how to identify and act on this observation quickly may prevent further deterioration