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Urgent treatment of patients with intestinal obstruction

08 April 2011

Emergency Nurse

Feature

This article reviews the management in emergency departments of acutely unwell patients with intestinal obstruction. It describes the diagnostic tests and management...

Management of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy

08 November 2011

Emergency Nurse

Feature

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (2010) estimates that 137,000 women in England experience per vaginal (PV) bleeding and abdominal pain in...

Appendicitis: a case study

19 June 2013

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

The presentation of patients with abdominal pain is a common occurrence in emergency departments. Since there are many potential causes of abdominal pain, diagnosis...

Diagnosing and managing migraine in children and young people

31 December 2018

Nursing Children and Young People

headache

This article gives an overview of migraine in children. It outlines the epidemiology of the condition and describes presentation with headache and other symptoms and...

How to care for patients undergoing paracentesis for the drainage of ascites

28 October 2019

Nursing Standard

how to series

Rationale and key points Ascites is the excessive accumulation of extracellular fluid within the peritoneal cavity, which usually develops as a result of cirrhosis...

Treating abdominal pain in young people

09 February 2015

Emergency Nurse

Art & Science

A common complaint in children, abdominal pain can be clinically challenging for healthcare professionals to diagnose and treat. Accurate assessment and thorough...

A brighter prognosis

30 August 2011

Nursing Standard

Features

Pancreatic cancer is difficult to diagnose early. However, small improvements in patient outcomes are beginning to be seen because of recent initiatives to...

Rectus sheath catheter infusions for post-operative pain management

18 June 2014

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Managing pain following major abdominal surgery remains a challenge. Traditionally, patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) or epidural analgesia have been used, which...

Irritable bowel syndrome in adults: symptoms, treatment and management

Nursing Standard

evidence & practice

Irritable bowel syndrome is a complex functional bowel disorder. It can be difficult to treat because of its presentation with multiple symptoms and aggravating...

Managing irritable bowel syndrome in children

Nursing Standard

evidence & practice

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common cause of non-organic recurrent abdominal pain in children. IBS is a clinical diagnosis, which is based on the Rome...