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Why patients self-discharge

01 May 2008

Nursing Management


AS NURSE MANAGERS are aware, improvements to patient discharge procedures are being introduced and co-ordinated across the health and social care system (Department...

Assessment and treatment of chest pain

26 May 2004

Nursing Standard


Chest pain is one of the main reasons for emergency admission to hospital in the UK. Jackie Tough examines the causes and treatment of chest pain and offers a...

Treating people with cardiac chest pain: role of paramedics

05 March 2014

Emergency Nurse

Art & Science

Paramedics’ abilities to carry out quick, accurate and prioritised assessments of patients complaining of chest pain are paramount to ensure good outcomes and...

Cardiovascular examination in emergency departments

09 April 2015

Emergency Nurse

Art & Science

History taking and physical examination of patients who present with cardiac pain are not generally regarded as part of an emergency nurse’s role in the UK. However,...

Snowed under

16 May 2006

Nursing Standard


The escalating use of cocaine is having a major impact on many A&E departments, especially in urban areas. Nurses can feel out of their depth when managing patients...

Nursing patients with acute aortic dissection in emergency departments

09 April 2019

Emergency Nurse

Evidence and practice

Acute aortic dissection is an emergency condition that is often missed during initial assessment. Delay in diagnosis increases mortality, but the presentation can...

Using a structured clinical assessment to identify the cause of chest pain

25 March 2019

Nursing Standard


Chest pain is a common reason for patient presentation to emergency departments and visits to primary care settings. While most causes of chest pain are not...

Blunt mechanism chest wall injury: initial patient assessment and acute care priorities

12 March 2024

Emergency Nurse


Blunt mechanism chest wall injury (CWI) is commonly seen in the emergency department (ED), since it is present in around 15% of trauma patients. The thoracic cage...