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Postnatal care up to 8 weeks after birth

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

11 April 2017

Postnatal care up to 8 weeks after birth

The postnatal period begins immediately after the birth of a child and extends for 6–8 weeks. For most women and babies the postnatal period is uncomplicated; however, care during this period needs to address any deviation from expected recovery after birth.

This Guidelines for Nurses summary provides guidance on the routine postnatal care of women and their babies, including giving information and advice to women postnatally.


Protocol for ordering, storing, and handling vaccines

PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND

18 April 2017

This Guidelines for Nurses summary of Public Health England's Protocol for ordering, storing, and handling vaccines is relevant to all healthcare professionals involved in immunisation. It aims to ensure that vaccines are stored and managed properly so that immunisation is carried out safely and efficiently.
The consumption of antibiotics grew by 6.5% between 2011 and 2014, sometimes prescribed inappropriately for coughs, colds, sore throats, and ear infections. While antibiotics are a useful tool to treat dangerous infections, knowing which ones to prescribe, when to avoid prescribing them, and only using broad-spectrum antibiotics where absolutely necessary is crucial to the longevity of antibiotic effectiveness and to preventing resistance. This updated Guidelines summary covers best practice in the treatment of infections and responsible antibiotic use, including the most recent updates to guidance on treating urinary tract infections.

Summary of influenza policy

PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND

21 March 2017

Influenza, which is an acute viral infection of the respiratory tract, is highly infectious with a usual incubation period of 1–3 days. There are three types of influenza virus: A, B, and C. Most clinical illness is caused by Influenza A and influenza B. This Guidelines for Nurses summary provides influenza immunisation information for public health professionals.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet plays an important role in maintaining a healthy weight, and this is an important part of overall good health. Conditions such as type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease, and stroke can result from being overweight. Health can also be affected by being underweight. This Guidelines for Nurses summary provides government dietary advice and nutrient recommendations throughout the life course.

Choosing an appropriate inhaler device for the treatment of adults with asthma or COPD

DEVELOPMENT GROUP: USMANI, CAPSTICK, CHOWHAN, & SCULLION.
THIS MANAGEMENT ALGORITHM WAS DEVELOPED BY A MULTIDISCIPLINARY EXPERT PANEL: USMANI O ET AL WITH THE SUPPORT OF A GRANT FROM CHIESI LTD.

14 March 2017

As the core component of pharmacological treatments for asthma and COPD, the choice of inhaler device as well as the right drug for each individual patient is crucial to the proper management of their condition. The clinical efficacy of treatment can be maximised by choosing the right method of delivery while poor choice of inhaler can have consequences for quality of life and disease control. Although plenty of guidance exists on pharmacological treatment, advice on appropriate device selection is limited. This new Guidelines algorithm covers choice of appropriate inhaler device, and how to engage the patient when assessing inhaler technique.


Choosing an appropriate inhaler device for the treatment of adults with asthma or COPD
Development Group: Usmani, Capstick, Chowhan, & Scullion.
This management algorithm was developed by a multidisciplinary expert panel: Usmani O et al with the support of a grant from Chiesi Ltd.

Summary of the management of asthma in adults (from the British guideline on the management of asthma)
The British Thoracic Society & Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network

COPD diagnosis, management and prevention
Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease

Appropriate choice of long-acting reversible contraception in primary care
Development group: Connolly, Mansour, Raine & Siddiqi.
This management algorithm was developed by a multidisciplinary expert panel: Connolly A et al with the support of a grant from Bayer.