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This chapter explains the assessment and nursing management of patients with respiration problems. This includes the administration of different types of oxygen therapy and respiratory support, and the management of patients with chest drains and altered airways, in particular tracheostomies. Basic life support is explored and guidance is offered on how best to deliver it.
Blood transfusion can also be life saving and is certainly life supporting in some conditions. This chapter discusses blood component transfusion, and the relevant procedures offer guidance on how to deliver a blood transfusion safely.