Getting to know Samuel leads to best support
Breathe Hawke’s Bay (BHB), have walked alongside Samuel Diamond (8), and his Mum Leigh for the last five years. Samuel’s asthma was confirmed when he was very young and each year our respiratory nurses have visited him to review and assess his condition management.
Prepare a Healthy Home for Winter
By Chris Davidson
BHB Respiratory Nurse Educator
A Healthy Home is one that is warm and dry. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that living areas should be between 18-21C and bedrooms no less than 16C with a relative humidity around 50-60%. There are four elements to achieving a healthy home; Ventilation, heating, controlling moisture and controlling heat loss.
Volunteering keeps the community wheels going round: Sandra Welsh
After more than 20 years in administration in the horticultural industry Sandra Welsh left to pursue other interests. This move left her with some additional time up her sleeve and she decided that putting that time into a community cause, could be the ticket.
Smoking and COPD – The link
Smoking, including passive exposure (second-hand smoke), is the main cause of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), with up to 85% of tobacco smokers developing COPD. Statistics show that tobacco smoke is implicated in most COPD cases, meaning COPD is largely preventable by not smoking.