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Management of COPD exacerbations: pharmacotherapeutics of medications

COPD is described as a preventable and treatable group of lung conditions characterised by airflow obstruction that is not fully reversible (Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease...

Cortrak feeding tube placement: interpretation agreement of the ‘GI flexure’ system versus X-ray

There was a high level of agreement between Cortrak and radiological interpretation. This was not high enough to prove that Cortrak could reduce end-of-procedure detection of lung misplacement to...

Do nursing textbooks accurately describe pulse oximetry? An audit of current literature

The factors contributing to graduate nurses' pulse oximetry knowledge deficits are not clear but inadequate education may be an associated factor. It has been suggested that the origin of these...

Safe and effective use of phototherapy and photochemotherapy in the treatment of psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic, multisystem inflammatory disease, predominantly affecting the skin and the joints, which is present in 2–3% of the world's population (Ayala-Fontánez et al, 2016). The precise...

The development of critical care nursing education in Zambia

The purpose of this activity was for key stakeholders to review and validate the current Advanced Diploma in Critical Care Nursing and to prepare a framework for a bachelor degree-level critical care...

Providing nutritional support for the patient with COVID-19

In these challenging times, with reduced staffing due to staff sickness or self-isolation, lack of mealtime volunteers and visitors bringing snacks, we have to be aware that vulnerable patients may...

Role of nurses in addressing modifiable risk factors for early Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment

Based on their assessment of the published literature and personal experience, the advisors determined that MRFs for early Alzheimer's disease and MCI fall broadly into four areas where there is...

The consequences of COVID-19 for gastroenterology nursing

The virus is predominantly related to lung disease, but there are ramifications for people working in the field of gastroenterology nursing..

Transanal irrigation: is it the magic intervention for bowel management in individuals with bowel dysfunction?

Bowel dysfunction includes both constipation and faecal incontinence. Although faecal incontinence is not as common as constipation, its incidence increases with age; it is defined as the recurrent...

The impact of genitourinary syndrome of menopause on continence

‘Members of the consensus conference agreed that the term genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) is a medically more accurate, all-encompassing, and publicly acceptable term than vulvovaginal...

Improving pelvic floor health: advice for nurses and their patients

‘Based on the data available, we can be confident that pelvic floor muscle training can cure or improve symptoms of stress urinary incontinence and all other types of urinary incontinence.’ .

The impact of online self-management interventions on midlife adults with type 2 diabetes: a systematic review

The aim of this systematic review was to determine the impact of online self-management interventions on health outcomes in midlife adults with type 2 diabetes..

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