A nation-wide poll was carried out in 2003 of ear, nose and throat departments in Denmark, with a view to reviewing the treatment of patients admitted with nosebleeds. In 2001, 1836 patients were admitted to hospital in Denmark with nosebleeds. The majority of admissions are to ear, nose and throat departments, although one also comes across patients with no speeds in other clinical departments and in the primary health service. The purpose of the article is to pass on knowledge about nursing to patients who suffer from nosebleeds. It is evident that nursing in Denmark varies considerably as regards diet and the extent to which patients are mobilised. Other aspects of nursing harmonise substantially. Applicable to all fields of nursing pertaining to patients with nosebleeds is the fact that evidence is wanting. Finding recent literature on the subject has been difficult. The assembled expertise will in the near future be included in a polity development project, in which the Ear, Nose and Throat Department in Aalborg will document how patients suffering from nose bleeds can be mobilised without the risk of rebleeding.
Tidsskriftet Sygeplejersken, 2005, Vol 105, Issue 20, p. 43-45
nursing; epistaxis; ear, nose and throat department; diet and mobilisation