FoNS (the Foundation of Nursing Studies) is delighted to publish a report on ‘Non-medical Management of Breathlessness’ . While the development team is based in a medical ward in an acute setting, they believe that the findings would be of value to nurses working in the community who care for patients with respiratory problems.
The team at Royal Brompton Hospital, London, wanted to develop and implement a toolkit of non-medical interventions that could be used alongside medical management to help reduce breathlessness. Five were selected to pilot. These were ‘positioning’, ‘pursed lip breathing’, ‘handheld fan’, ‘relaxation’ and ‘diaphragmatic breathing’. Each project team member piloted one of the techniques in their clinical area and developed information and resources to support its use. Feedback was collected and overall patients were very positive about all the techniques.
Please share this report with your colleagues who may be interested, and should you need further information or to explore the report’s findings further, feel free to contact QNIS and we can put you in contact with the team.