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Interpretation and evaluation of pulmonary function tests

09 June 2009

Nursing Standard

Learning Zone

Evaluation of pulmonary function is essential for the diagnosis and management of respiratory disease and other conditions. Various tests are available. Some, such...

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and the NICE guideline

09 February 2005

Nursing Standard

CPD

This article covers the key priorities identified by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guideline for the management of chronic obstructive...

Best practice in the use of spirometry

10 August 2005

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article examines spirometry as a method of detecting lung disease, particularly chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Methods of producing an accurate...

Interpretation and evaluation of pulmonary function tests

03 June 2009

Nursing Standard

CPD

Evaluation of pulmonary function is essential for the diagnosis and management of respiratory disease and other conditions. Various tests are available. Some, such...

Simple spirometry measurement

16 April 2008

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article describes expiratory spirometry manoeuvres. It examines equipment care and maintenance, patient preparation, basic techniques, reproducibility and how...

Peak expiratory flow measurement

06 June 2007

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Effective peak flow measurement is useful to assess patients with respiratory conditions, particularly asthma. This article describes how nurses can assist patients...

Correct use of nebulisers

31 October 2007

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Nebulisers are used to deliver bronchodilators and other medication in a variety of healthcare settings. In common with other medical equipment, healthcare...

Pulse oximetry

02 April 2008

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Pulse oximetry is a widely used, non-invasive technique for assessing arterial oxygenation by measuring oxygen saturation in peripheral blood vessels. It is a simple...

Switching to CFC-free inhalers

01 November 1997

Primary Health Care

Asthma

Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), organic chemicals containing chlorine, fluorine and carbon, were developed in the 1930s and have a wide variety of uses: as refrigerants...

COPD, NICE and GMS: getting quality from QOF

01 November 2005

Primary Health Care

Care

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an important smoking-related disease. It kills 30,000 people prematurely every year and is responsible for one in...