There is an urgent need for more nurse specialists to manage patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD). This was the message from the first national ILD specialist nurse meeting at South Manchester University Hospital, organised by Annette Duck, ILD specialist nurse at the tertiary referral centre at the North West Lung Centre in Manchester.
The group wants to highlight that ILD has traditionally been a neglected area of respiratory nursing. It identified that patients need education and support to learn how to live and manage these lung conditions – nurses have a vital role to play in this. It aims to encourage nurses to care for patients with ILD and hopes to organise a study day to help demystify this complex condition.
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