Acute pulmonary oedema
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Acute pulmonary oedema

Jessica Powell Lecturer, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York, England
David Graham Lecturer, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York, England
Sarah O’Reilly Lecturer, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York, England
Gillian Punton Lecturer, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York, England

Acute pulmonary oedema is a distressing and life-threatening illness that is associated with a sudden onset of symptoms. For the best possible patient outcomes, it is essential that nurses in all clinical areas are equipped to accurately recognise, assess and manage patients with acute pulmonary oedema. This article outlines the pathophysiology of acute cardiogenic and non-cardiogenic pulmonary oedema, and suggests a systematic approach to the recognition and management of its most serious manifestations. Long-term care and symptom recognition are discussed and suggestions for ongoing patient self-management are provided.

Nursing Standard. 30, 23,51-60. doi: 10.7748/ns.30.23.51.s47

Correspondence

jessica.powell@york.ac.uk

Peer review

All articles are subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Received: 31 July 2015

Accepted: 20 November 2015