Pulmonary rehabilitation for people with COPD

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a behavioural intervention for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that improves symptom control and quality of life, reduces hospital admissions and teaches self-management skills.

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4% dimethicone lotion: a subsidised treatment for head lice

From 1 May, 2017, 4% dimethicone lotion can be prescribed fully subsidised for the treatment of head lice, which adds...

Bronchiolitis: when to reassure and monitor, and when to refer

Bronchiolitis is a lower respiratory tract infection, most often caused by Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). In severe illness...

Managing adults with asthma in primary care: the four-stage consultation

The New Zealand adult asthma guidelines were released by the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand in November, 2016.

Inhaled corticosteroids for adults with asthma

A key decision in asthma management is when to initiate an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS).

Adding a long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA) to asthma treatment for adults

If a patient using an inhaled corticosteroid for asthma has symptoms which are not adequately controlled...

Seasonal influenza vaccination update: 2017

Immunisation against influenza has begun for the 2017 season. Influvac is the sole subsidised influenza vaccine in 2017.

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Still to come in our “Respiratory” theme: Antibiotics for respiratory infections.

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Our next theme is “Cardiovascular”, featuring topics including beta blockers, lipid management, anticoagulants and blood pressure targets

Navin Sivalingam

highly interesting but somewhat unhelpful in terms of answering expectations of parents how long will it last? when will my child get better I only smoke outside the house

Cough in children

Indira Edwards

I use hand outs from latest resources to reiterate my advise. I ask for a reflective summary to ensure they have understood the instructions. I also ask how practical it is to manage at home, taking into account the social environment and family size, time and added help etc.

Treating childhood eczema: a topical solution for a topical problem

Karen Bennington

As a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in a DHB where we do not have a PICU, we occasionally admit these infants into our "isolation" rooms. I found this article to be informative and helpful as to how we treat the 'severe' cases (or how we don't treat to be more exact and manage the symptoms). Thank you for this valuable review.

Bronchiolitis: when to reassure and monitor, and when to refer

Thomas Ding

A fantastic reminder coming up into the winter months. The challenge is convincing parents that their child does not need any further medical intervention. Pointing to the relatively recent PREDICT evidence is a helpful way to reinforce this. If parents return for a second time in primary care however, I would be more inclined to refer as the family is clearly concerned/not coping. Any thoughts on this?

Bronchiolitis: when to reassure and monitor, and when to refer

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