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Children admitted to hospital with severe asthma attacks generally receive “very effective and efficient” treatment and care, but more attention must be given to asthma education and review at discharge to help prevent future attacks and readmission, says a national audit by the British Thoracic Society.
The society’s National Paediatric Asthma Audit, published on 29 November, reviewed data on more than 5500 children over the age of 1 admitted with severe asthma attacks to 153 UK hospitals in November 2015 and found that most aspects of discharge from hospital were less than optimal.
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Swimming, racquet sports, and aerobics seem to be the best forms of exercise for reducing the risk of death from heart disease and stroke, research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has found.
The researchers said that the small number of events impaired the statistical power in some analyses. There were relatively few deaths from all causes among runners and football players, which may explain the wide confidence intervals. However, they concluded, “These findings demonstrate that participation in specific sports may have significant benefits for public health.”
A recent news article in the BMJ highlights a telemedicine service run by a Yorkshire NHS trust which has reduced care home referrals to GPs by 40% and ambulance calls by almost 30%.
Staff in care homes are linked to a digital hub at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust in Keighley and can seek advice 24 hours a day about the health of any of their residents. The service is run by a team of senior nurses who have online access to GP patient records and can consult doctors at the trust if they need to.
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A report from the Nuffield Trust, an independent health charity, looks at the evidence available on digital technology and its impact on patients in primary care and the NHS. You can access commentary, background information and the report here
Everyday nursing requires the appropriate use of evidence and this website from Evidently Cochrane provides useful insights. The article about pressure ulcers illustrates why evidence is needed for everyday practice.
Evidence can be found from a variety of sources and with busy workloads and winter pressures coming, you may find it is hard to find time to search for reliable evidence.
Don’t worry – we can help you!
Your Library and Knowledge Service has skilled outreach specialists who can help you, either by running an evidence search or training you to do it effectively. So get ahead and get in touch with us if you are based at East Cheshire NHS Trust.
Catch up on some of the most recent published articles from selected journals. The bulletin can be accessed here
Catch up on the latest articles from selected journals. Our latest Critical Care Bulletin has just been published here