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Managing patients with encephalitis

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  • Peer reviewed
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  • Learning time: 01 hr
  • Last updated: 2017
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This learning module provides an overview of encephalitis and addresses its diagnosis, common presenting signs and symptoms, and aspects of nursing care required for patients with this condition. In particular, it addresses how to explain encephalitis to patients’ relatives, their rehabilitation needs, and important aspects of discharge planning. Tests that are necessary for diagnosis in patients with suspected encephalitis and the importance of these are explained.


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Claire Matata, Senior clinician, Urgent Care 24, Liverpool.
Ava Easton, Chief executive, Encephalitis Society, Malton, North Yorkshire.
Benedict Michael, Clinical lecturer and neurology registrar, Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool and The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool.
Becky Evans, Research nurse, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool.
Deborah Ward, Lecturer, Infection prevention and control, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work, University of Manchester, Manchester.
Tom Solomon, Head of The Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool and neurology consultant, The Walton Centre Neurology NHS Trust, Liverpool.
Rachel Kneen, Consultant paediatric neurologist, Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool, England.

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