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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

15 November 2016

Summary of the management of asthma in adults (from the British guideline on the management of asthma)

Asthma is a common condition that places significant pressure on both primary and secondary careÔover 4 million adults are currently receiving treatment for asthma in the UK. There are approximately 1000 deaths a year from asthma: 90% are associated with preventable factors and almost 40% are in people under 75 years of age. The 2016 update of the BTS/SIGN asthma guidance includes new recommendations on diagnosis, medication adherence, and pharmacological management.

This updated Guidelines summary covers diagnosis, appropriate management, and supported self-management of asthma in adults.


Meningococcal ACWY immunisation programme for adolescents

PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND

01 November 2016

In February 2015, the increase in meningococcal W cases in England and Wales was considered to represent an outbreak situation by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. A vaccination programs aimed at protecting adolescents against meningococcal capsular groups A, C, W, and Y strains was recommended. It was felt that this would be the best option to provide herd protection to the population, and that it would also provide protection to all age groups. This Guidelines for Nurses summary provides information for healthcare professionals on the meningococcal ACWY immunisation programme for adolescents.

Eating disorders in over 8s: management

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH AND CARE EXCELLENCE

17 October 2016

Eating disorders are a range of conditions that can have serious physical, psychological, and social consequences. Between February 2015 and January 2016, of 2703 finished admission episodes for eating disorders, 76% were for anorexia, 5% were for bulimia, and 19% were for other eating disorders. The most common age for a patient to be admitted to hospital with such a disorder was 15 years old. This Guidelines for Nurses summary covers the psychological, pharmacological, and physical management of anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders.

Blood pressure monitoring in infants, children, and young people

GREAT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL

11 October 2016

This guideline summary describes the benefits and difficulties of different techniques used to measure blood pressure in infants, children, and young people.

Summary of influenza immunisation policy

PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND

10 October 2016

Influenza is characterised by the sudden onset of fever, chills, headache, myalgia and extreme fatigue. Other common symptoms include a dry cough, sore throat and stuffy nose. For otherwise healthy individuals, influenza is an unpleasant but usually self-limiting disease with recovery usually within two to seven days. The aim of influenza immunisation is to reduce the morbidity and mortality from influenza by immunising those most likely to develop severe or complicated illness as a result of influenza infection. This Guidelines summary covers at-risk groups recommended for influenza immunisation, and administration.

Summary of the management of asthma in children (from the British guideline on the management of asthma)

THE BRITISH THORACIC SOCIETY & SCOTTISH INTERCOLLEGIATE GUIDELINES NETWORK

10 October 2016

In the UK, 1.1 million children are currently receiving treatment for asthma; in total, one in 11 children have asthma, making it the most common long-term medical condition. Childhood asthma causes around 1000 deaths a year in the UK. The updates to the BTS/SIGN asthma guidance in 2016 include new recommendations of the diagnosis of asthma, appropriate management of treatment in children, and additional updates to the management of acute asthma in children. This updated Guidelines summary covers diagnosis, appropriate management, and supported self-management of asthma in children.
New articles

Inhalers—what options do you have?

By Jane Scullion  |  

01 December 2016

Inhalers—what options do you have?

Jane Scullion explores the increasing complexity of the multitude of inhaler devices we have available to us and the therapeutic options they can offer, in the second of a mini-series of feature articles.


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