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Assessment of a breathless patient

03 January 2001

Nursing Standard

CPD

This article discusses a systematic approach to the assessment of a breathless patient and outlines the principles of oxygen delivery. The indications for oxygen...

Nursing the breathless patient

08 January 2003

Nursing Standard

CPD

In this article, Clare Bennett provides an overview and update of respiratory assessment and symptom management. The causes and symptoms of breathlessness are...

Pneumonia: classification, diagnosis and nursing management

29 June 2005

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article provides an overview of pneumonia as a high-incidence respiratory disease of varying severity in the 21st century. Many cases are mild to moderate and...

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...

Caring for a patient with COPD: a reflective account

18 May 2005

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Reflective practice has been a familiar topic in nursing journals and the term is regularly used in professional nursing practice. However, it was not until I used...

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...

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...

Recognising dysfunctional breathing in asthma consultations

26 September 2007

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

There is a high prevalence of dysfunctional breathing among patients diagnosed with asthma, so it is important that health professionals are aware of its effects....

Respiratory assessment in adults

15 August 2007

Nursing Standard

CPD

Respiratory disorders are among the most common reasons for admission to critical care units in the UK. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that nursing assessment...

Detecting changes in the respiratory status of ward patients

15 August 2007

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article outlines the principles of respiratory assessment. It is intended to be a learning tool for all nurses, however, it may have more relevance for nurses...