Issue : July 2002
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Karen LayFlurrie, RN.
Philip Woodrow, MA, RGN, DipN, Grad Cert Ed. Practice Development Nurse, ITU, Kent and Canterbury Hospital NHS Trust Nurses are often the first members of the health-care team to detect breathing problems in patients, and are often involved in caring for patients receiving respiratory support ranging from oxygen therapy (via a facemask or nasal cannulae) to non-invasive ventilation.