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Essential to health yet overlooked: the vital role of the lymphatic system

The lymphatic system comprises lymphatic organs, lymphoid tissue and vessels (Figure 1) working synergistically to fulfil its three main functions:.

Use of personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic

Sufficient supply of PPE is essential to meet increased demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government has sought to put measures in place to improve supply chains and provisions of PPE by, for...

Assessing and managing nausea and vomiting in adults

An understanding of the medical terminology associated with nausea and vomiting is important for reliable and effective assessment and management of patients' symptoms (Table 2) (Waugh and Grant,...

Physical health assessment for people with a severe mental illness

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that uses any interaction between a health professional and a patient as an opportunity to engage with a patient to make positive...

Hypovolaemic shock

Shock is generally classified according to its cause. There are four main pathological mechanisms that can result in a state of shock (Vincent and De Backer, 2013; Stratton, 2019):.

Coronavirus: origins, signs, prevention and management of patients

In late December 2019, a cluster of patients were admitted to hospitals in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, with an initial diagnosis of pneumonia of an unknown aetiology. These patients were...

Care of children and young people who are dependent on technology

Owing to increased medical knowledge and capabilities, more children and young people are living with chronic conditions or long-term complications of treatment. And many are dependent on technology...

Understanding shock in children

In this article, ‘children’ will refer to any child or young person up to 16 years of age. However, although infection is recognised as the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in the newborn...

Core principles of end-of-life care

Palliative care is an approach that encompasses comfort focused, holistic care for any patient with a life-limiting illness, including patients who are receiving curative treatment. The focus is on...

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