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Maintaining an airway

05 March 2008

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Patients who require resuscitation often have airway obstruction, usually secondary to loss of consciousness, however, sometimes airway obstruction may be the...

Ingestion or aspiration of foreign bodies by children

01 November 2013

Emergency Nurse

Art & Science

Ingestion and aspiration of foreign bodies are common reasons for children presenting to emergency departments. A significant proportion of such events are often...

Urgent treatment of patients with intestinal obstruction

08 April 2011

Emergency Nurse


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

Significance of Chilaiditi sign and Chilaiditi syndrome

15 June 2017

Emergency Nurse

Evidence & practice

Chilaiditi sign and syndrome are uncommon conditions and often misdiagnosed. They are clinically significant, however, because they can result in a range of...

How to minimise the effects of dysphagia in people with mental health problems

09 April 2015

Mental Health Practice

Art & Science

Dysphagia, or difficulty with swallowing, can be intrinsic to a mental health problem or could pre-date it, as in cases such as neurological or muscular disorders,...

How to manage a choking adult

14 September 2016

Nursing Standard

Evidence & practice

Rationale and key points Choking, or foreign body airway obstruction, is a common, yet treatable, cause of accidental death. This article aims to provide an overview...

Improving interpretation of spirometry for better diagnosis

23 February 2018

Primary Health Care


Spirometry is the most widely used pulmonary function test. It is useful for identifying obstructive and restrictive ventilatory patterns, and plays an important...