Ch 13: Pulmonary Nursing Actions & Tools for Pulmonary Procedures

About This Chapter

Pulmonary conditions typically require critical care and it is imperative that clinical care nurses have a thorough understanding of these conditions and the equipment used for treatment. This chapter can be used by both professional CCRNs or those preparing for tests related to nursing class or certification.

Pulmonary Nursing Actions & Tools for Pulmonary Procedures - Chapter Summary

Pulmonary nursing involves the use of various tools and equipment to manage patients in need of oxygenation and mechanical ventilation, and this chapter covers the use of these devices. You will review facts about oxygen therapy, intervention processes, therapeutic gases and more.

You will also study various procedures for pulmonary conditions, such as thoracentesis and tracheostomy. Once you have finished your review of this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • Recite patient management techniques for and nursing roles in the following: bronchoscopy, thoracentesis, chest tube insertion and tracheostomy
  • List ways to promote oxygenation and non-invasive positive pressure ventilation methods
  • Describe aspects of oxygen therapy
  • Detail the management of patients in need of prone positioning
  • Name the types of therapeutic gases used in pediatric care
  • Discuss types of positive pressure ventilators and complications of mechanical ventilation
  • Provide details about intervention procedures used for patients with pulmonary disorders

Short video and text lessons offer expert instruction and 24/7 accessibility, making them the quickest and most efficient way you can review this material. Print lesson transcripts to create handy reference tools and use online contact forms to reach out to instructors with any questions. Lesson quizzes serve as useful self-assessment tools that measure your understanding of each topic as you progress through the chapter.

13 Lessons in Chapter 13: Pulmonary Nursing Actions & Tools for Pulmonary Procedures
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Endotracheal Tubes: Indications & Patient Management

1. Endotracheal Tubes: Indications & Patient Management

Endotracheal tubes are inserted into the airway when a patient is unable to breathe on his/her own. This lesson plan will discuss the reasons why an endotracheal tube is needed and how to manage the patient.

Bronchoscopy: Indications & Patient Management

2. Bronchoscopy: Indications & Patient Management

A bronchoscopy is done to assess the airway and lungs. It can help diagnose diseases and perform treatments. This lesson will discuss the indications for a bronchoscopy and how to manage the patient.

Chest Tubes: Indications & Patient Management

3. Chest Tubes: Indications & Patient Management

This lesson describes the anatomy of the pleural cavity and conditions that are indications for the insertion of a chest tube. The nursing role in tube insertion and ongoing monitoring and assessment of patients with chest tubes is emphasized.

Thoracentesis: Indication & Patient Management

4. Thoracentesis: Indication & Patient Management

A thoracentesis is a procedure that is done to remove excess fluid from the pleural space. This lesson will discuss the indications and management of a thoracentesis.

Tracheostomy: Indication & Patient Management

5. Tracheostomy: Indication & Patient Management

A tracheostomy is a procedure and device that assists with breathing using a tube that is placed in the trachea. This lesson will discuss the indications and patient management for a tracheostomy.

Techniques Used to Promote Oxygenation

6. Techniques Used to Promote Oxygenation

Have you ever wondered why there are so many different ways to deliver oxygen to patients? Learn more about the different techniques that are used to promote and maintain oxygen, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Non-Invasive Positive Pressure Ventilation: Indications & Patient Management

7. Non-Invasive Positive Pressure Ventilation: Indications & Patient Management

Patients with acute or chronic respiratory failure may need assistance with ventilation. In this lesson, we will learn about different types of non-invasive positive pressure ventilation delivery systems.

Oxygen Therapy: Indications & Patient Management

8. Oxygen Therapy: Indications & Patient Management

In this lesson, we'll discuss what causes someone to need supplemental oxygen, devices that can be used to deliver oxygen and how to monitor patients receiving oxygen therapy.

Prone Positioning: Indications & Patient Management

9. Prone Positioning: Indications & Patient Management

Prone positioning can be very a very beneficial position for ill patients. In this lesson, we will learn about when prone positioning is indicated and how to effectively manage this position.

Therapeutic Gases in Pediatric Care: Oxygen, Nitric Oxide, Heliox & CO2

10. Therapeutic Gases in Pediatric Care: Oxygen, Nitric Oxide, Heliox & CO2

In this lesson, we'll discuss the different gases commonly used in pediatric care. We specifically address the uses, drawbacks, and mean of administering oxygen, nitric oxide, heliox and carbon dioxide.

Mechanical Ventilation: Conventional & Non-Conventional

11. Mechanical Ventilation: Conventional & Non-Conventional

There are several different types of mechanical ventilation, which include the use of both conventional and non-conventional ventilators. Check out this lesson to learn about these different types of mechanical ventilators!

Complications in Mechanical Ventilation: Identification & Prevention

12. Complications in Mechanical Ventilation: Identification & Prevention

Even though mechanical ventilation can be life saving, it can also cause several serious and life-threatening complications. Educate yourself on the most common complications of mechanical ventilation by checking out this lesson!

Mechanical Ventilation & Pulmonary Therapeutic Interventions

13. Mechanical Ventilation & Pulmonary Therapeutic Interventions

Critical care units and emergency rooms manage mechanical ventilation for patients with respiratory distress. This lesson discusses management and treatment of mechanical ventilators including airway clearance, intubation, weaning, and extubation.

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