Acute pancreatitis
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Acute pancreatitis

Michael Parker Acting grade F charge nurse, A&E, St James’s University Hospital, Leeds

MICHAEL PARKER provides an overview of the pancreas, its function and assessment, as well as the appropriate treatments for pancreatitis and their rationale

Acute pancreatitis is a common emergency with potentially devastating consequences, but recognising symptoms early and good nursing and clinical assessment can benefit patients. Familiarity with the patho-physiology of the pancreas can provide an understanding of why acute pancreatitis can develop as well as its clinical presentation.

Emergency Nurse. 11, 10, 28-35. doi: 10.7748/en2004.03.11.10.28.c1105

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