Managing patients with encephalitis
Claire Matata Senior clinician, Urgent Care 24, Liverpool
Ava Easton Chief executive, Encephalitis Society, Malton, North Yorkshire
Benedict Michael Clinical lecturer and neurology registrar, Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool and The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool
Becky Evans Research nurse, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool
Deborah Ward Lecturer, Infection prevention and control, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work, University of Manchester, Manchester
Tom Solomon Head of The Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool and neurology consultant, The Walton Centre Neurology NHS Trust, Liverpool
Rachel Kneen Consultant paediatric neurologist, Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool, England.
This article provides an overview of encephalitis and addresses its diagnosis, some of the common presenting signs and symptoms, and the different aspects of nursing care required for these patients. In particular, it addresses how to explain encephalitis to the patient’s relatives, the rehabilitation needs of these patients, and important aspects of discharge planning. Tests that are necessary for diagnosis in patients with suspected encephalitis and the importance of these are explained.
Nursing Standard. 30, 11,50-60. doi: 10.7748/ns.30.11.50.s47Correspondence
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Received: 24 November 2014
Accepted: 20 August 2015