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Ch 7: Understanding the Body's Defenses in Nursing

About This Chapter

Watch informative video lessons and learn about the defenses of the human body. Take a multiple-choice quiz at the end of every lesson for self-assessment.

Understanding the Body's Defenses in Nursing - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The physical body of human beings has a remarkable system for defending itself from disease and infection. The lessons in this chapter explore the specific details of the body's defenses and how they relate to the field of nursing. Take a short quiz following each lesson to measure how well you have learned the material and feel free to contact an instructor with any questions that you may have. These lessons cover such topics as:

  • Examination of a nursing case study
  • An explanation of the immune system
  • How the body responds to infection
  • A definition of anatomical barriers
  • How to promote physical defenses
  • Inflammation

Video Objective
What is the Immune System? - Our Body's Defense Against Pathogens Get the facts on the human immune system.
Physiological Responses to Infection See how the body responds to infection.
The Anatomical Barriers of the Immune System Discover the innate immune system and anatomical barriers.
What is Inflammation? - Definition, Causes & Symptoms Learn about inflammation.
Factors Influencing the Human Body's Defenses Examine influences of the human defense system.
Techniques Used to Promote the Body's Defenses Discover ways to boost the body's defenses.
Nursing Case Study: The Body's Defenses Explore a specific case study relating to nursing and the body's defenses.

6 Lessons in Chapter 7: Understanding the Body's Defenses in Nursing
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What Is the Immune System? - Our Body's Defense Against Pathogens

1. What Is the Immune System? - Our Body's Defense Against Pathogens

In this lesson, you will be introduced to the immune system. You'll learn about the innate and adaptive immune system, Edward Jenner, haptens and immune tolerance.

Physiological Responses to Infection

2. Physiological Responses to Infection

How does our body use its physiological processes, factors, and know-how to fight off and respond to an infection? Everything from acid to sticky stuff to specialized proteins help us out!

The Anatomical Barriers of the Immune System

3. The Anatomical Barriers of the Immune System

This lesson will cover the major anatomical barriers to infection of the innate immune system. We'll explore skin flora, gut flora, gastric acid, lysozymes, and the mucociliary apparatus.

What Is Inflammation? - Definition, Causes & Symptoms

4. What Is Inflammation? - Definition, Causes & Symptoms

This lesson will cover the process of inflammation and what your body might do after a bee sting. We'll find out the five cardinal signs of inflammation as well as anaphylactic shock, histamine and cytokines in the process.

Factors Influencing the Human Body's Defenses

5. Factors Influencing the Human Body's Defenses

In this lesson, you're going to learn that the human body's defense mechanisms can be influenced by a wide variety of intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Then, follow this lesson with a brief quiz.

Techniques Used to Promote the Body's Defenses

6. Techniques Used to Promote the Body's Defenses

Are you a superhuman? I'm willing to bet that you are. That's because you've likely used at least one technique to promote your body's defense systems. Find out more in this lesson.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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