Issue : March 2003
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Adolescents are becoming sexually active at an increasingly younger age.
The health of the Nation (Department Of Health, 1992) stated that by the year 2000 unintended teenage pregnancy should be reduced by half. Having failed in this undertaking the government set a similar target in Our Healthier Nation (DoH, 1998) but extended the deadline to the year 2010. The high rate of teenage pregnancy in this country is shameful according to prime minister Tony Blair, as recorded in the report by the Social Exclusion Unit (1999).
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VOL: 99, ISSUE: 11, PAGE NO: 29
Review of the new asthma guidelinesSubscription
Managing hypoxia and hypercapniaSubscription
The main objective when treating hypoxia (a deficiency of oxygen in the tissues) and hypercapnia (a high concentration of carbon dioxide in the blood) is to give sufficient oxygen to ensure that the patient is safe and his or her condition does not deteriorate.
People with heart failure have a poor prognosis (Cleland et al, 1987), and when their condition becomes increasingly unstable it is necessary to change the focus of management.
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VOL: 99, ISSUE: 11, PAGE NO: 43Karen Clancey MSc, BA, RGN is nurse consultant, Pennine Acute NHS TrustAs the new chair of the Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists (ARNS) it gives me great pleasure to introduce this supplement, particularly as this issue focuses on the new British Thoracic Society/Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network asthma guidelines (2003), a guide on inhalers and an introduction to blood gas analysis.
Ward-based blood gas analysisSubscription