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Monday, 01 June 2009
This brief article summarises some of the key points in the recent oxygen guideline that are of particular relevance to health professionals working in primary care. It includes the appropriate monitoring of patients with asthma and COPD as well as the correct equipment required. For full information on the guideline refer to www.brit-thoracic.org.uk – emergency oxygen guidelines.
Category: Editorial
Monday, 01 June 2009
In the last issue, we highlighted some of the key changes in the new British Thoracic Society and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (BTS/SIGN) asthma guideline. Although this is a ‘live guideline’ and is updated annually on the two organisations’ websites, this is the first comprehensive rewrite since it was published in hard copy in 2003. Here, we fill out some of the detail on asthma diagnosis and discuss the changes that impact primary care.
Category: Editorial
Monday, 01 June 2009
One person in every five households in the UK is receiving treatment for asthma, according to latest figures. As well as treatment for asthma, many of these individuals also self-medicate for minor illnesses or require prescribed medication for other conditions. It is important that the drugs they take do not adversely affect their asthma control. In this article we review which drugs might cause problems in patients also taking treatment for asthma.
Category: Editorial
Monday, 01 June 2009
Asthma UK estimates that 2.1 million patients in the UK are suffering unnecessarily because they do not use their asthma treatment effectively. This article looks at how inhaled therapies are deposited in the lungs, and at the basic differences between inhalers – with a focus on optimising inhaler technique.
Category: Editorial

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