Issue : April 2003
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People with allergies are not ill but if they come into contact with an allergen, they are at risk of sudden death from anaphylactic shock. Reactions can occur within seconds of exposure, but on rare occasions can also happen a few hours later. Symptoms include swelling of the lips and throat, difficulty with breathing, nausea, urticaria, abdominal cramps, collapse and loss of consciousness.
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Neurological observation is the collection of information on a patient’s central nervous system (consisting of the brain and spinal cord).
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As well as the costs to the individual of foot ulceration or amputation, there are also large costs to the NHS as a result of high bed occupancy and the cost of vascular surgery and artificial limbs (King’s Fund, 1996).
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Chronic illness is increasingly recognised as one of the most important health issues facing western society (British Medical Journal, 2002; McWilliam et al, 1996; Newby, 1996). Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a classic example of a chronic illness. Like other chronic conditions it requires ongoing input and support from a range of health care services.