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Overview of Pulmonary Nursing Actions - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you'll review nursing actions for a variety of pulmonary treatments. After defining relevant pulmonary vocabulary, you'll take a look at respiratory-related nursing assessments, diagnostic tests and monitoring devices. Studying this chapter can help you:
- Define treatment vocabulary related to the lungs, thorax and pleura
- Explain respiratory system nursing assessments
- Understand terminology related to respiratory disease diagnostic imaging
- Differentiate between normal and abnormal pulmonary diagnostic results
- Interpret arterial blood gas and acid base balance tests
- Identify respiratory monitoring devices
You can complete this chapter any time using your desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet. To help you reinforce the lesson concepts, we've included self-assessment quizzes throughout the chapter. Be sure to take the chapter exam, and feel free to reach out to our instructors if you have any questions about these nursing actions.
1. Treatment Vocabulary for Lungs, Pleura & Thorax
This lesson is going to define several terms related to procedures involving the chest, lungs, and pleura: thoracotomy, thoracostomy, thoracentesis, pleurectomy, lobectomy, and pneumonectomy.
2. Nursing Assessment of the Respiratory System
This lesson examines a nursing approach to respiratory assessment. We will review the respiratory system's structure and function and describe how to perform a history and physical focusing on this system, making use of subjective data, objective data, and documentation of the assessment process.
3. Diagnostic Imaging for Respiratory Diseases: Terminology
This lesson addresses the ways doctors can diagnose respiratory problems using diagnostic imaging techniques. Learn about procedures such as chest imaging, bronchoscopy, and laryngoscopy.
4. Interpreting Pulmonary Diagnostics: Normal vs. Abnormal Results
There are many different tests that can be performed to see how well the lungs are working. Learn how to analyze and interpret the results of some specific pulmonary function tests.
5. Arterial Blood Gas and Acid Base Balance: Tests and Interpretation
This lesson will discuss what the arterial blood gas test is and how it is used to interpret acid/base balance in your body. You'll learn about partial pressures, hypercapnia, acidemia, and alkalosis.
6. Respiratory Monitoring Devices & Reporting for SpO2, SvO2 & ETCO2
There are a variety of devices used for monitoring and reporting respiratory status using SpO2, SvO2, and ETO2. This lesson will discuss pulse oximetry, SvO2 monitoring, and capnography.
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- Understanding Neurological Disorders
- Understanding Traumatic Brain Injuries
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