Category list : Breathlessness
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Heart failure and frailty often co-exist and patients with both are likely to have worse outcomes. Part three of this three-part series looks at the management of frailty in the context of heart failure. This article comes with a handout for a journal club discussion
Heart failure is a common cause of hospital admissions and is increasing in incidence. Part one of this three-part series sums up why it happens and how to diagnose it
A series of clinical tests, starting with spirometry, should be used to help support a diagnosis of asthma, according to draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
Use of fluid thickener to reduce dysphagia riskSubscription
People with swallowing difficulties are at risk of choking, dehydration and aspiration. A care home company developed training and compared the use of thickeners
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
Nurses are likely to encounter people experiencing breathlessness in all healthcare settings and need to understand the significance of this distressing symptom
Evaluating tools that can be used to measure and manage breathlessness in chronic disease Subscription
Questionnaires help nurses to complete a thorough assessment but they need to be carefully selected to ensure they are appropriate to specific patient groups
A new and innovative instrument to assess breathlessness – the Dyspnoea-12 - has been published in Thorax.
Interpreting the Language of BreathlessnessSubscription
Authors Janelle Yorke, MRes, GradDip, RGN, lecturer; Anne-Marie Russell, PGCE, MSc, BSc, RM, RN, RHV, LPE, lecturer/nurse practitioner, both at School of Nursing, University of Salford.
Therapeutic nursing for managing breathlessnessSubscription
Dyspnoea (or breathlessness) is the sensation of difficulty or distress in breathing. It occurs in about a third of…