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CDC releases updated guidelines for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus

On June 7, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidelines for evaluating severe respiratory illness associated with Middle East Respiratory...

Quiz Time

Which of the following is an advantage of a dry-suction chest drainage system? a. Lower levels of suction pressure b. Variable bubbling, which indicates proper...

Astute assessment saves a patient with PE

A nurse responds quickly to the patient's distress.

FDA permits marketing of device to seal lung punctures

On Dec. 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed marketing of the Bio-Seal Lung Biopsy Tract Plug System, a device that seals punctures...

Inhaled therapies for cystic fibrosis: Current and future trends

Several therapies are available to help patients with this progressive disease who develop airway infections.

Recognizing croup and stridor in children

Enhance your understanding of these two conditions.

Understanding end-tidal CO2 monitoring

This noninvasive technique gives early warning of respiratory compromise.

Study: Water pipe just as bad for you as cigarette smoking

A study in Respirology has found that the negative effects of water pipe (such as Hookah) smoking on pulmonary function are similar to that...

Joint Commission issues Sentinel Event Alert on opioid use in hospitals

On Aug. 8, The Joint Commission released the Sentinel Event Alert, "Safe use of opioids in hospitals." The Alert warns of opioid-induced respirator depression...

Jump into action against aspiration pneumonia

Learn more about this serious complication, including prevention and treatment.

When breathing is a burden: How to help patients with COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has an insidious onset and causes disabling symptoms. This article discusses its risk factors, pathophysiology, assessment, interventions, and nursing management.

FDA approves new COPD treatment

On July 23, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Tudorza Pressair (aclidinium bromide) for the long-term maintenance treatment of bronchospasm in patients...

Jump into action against aspiration pneumonia

The author covers how to recognize and treat this serious complication.