Week 6 Discussion NURS 6501 - Week 6 Discussion NURS 6501 Croup Scenario two presents Kevin a six-year-old boy who has had a cough and low-grade fever

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Week 6 Discussion NURS 6501 Croup Scenario two presents Kevin, a six-year-old boy who has had a cough and low-grade fever for one week. His parents describe his cough as “barking” and is productive for mucus and also induces non-bloody vomit. Kevin’s parents do not have a thermometer, says they have moved around a lot and is not sure if he is up to date on his immunizations. A barking cough is associated with croup. According to Huether and McCance (2012), croup is due to an infection that causes swelling and inflammation of the upper airway and laryngeal mucosa resulting in narrowing in the subglottic area. This narrowing is what alters the sound of a cough. Bjornson and Johnson (2013), states that croup is preceded by 24 to 72 hours of coughing, rhinorrhea, and fever, with acute onset of a barky cough. Several pathogens cause croup: human parainfluenza virus (types 1 and 3), influenza A and B viruses, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), rhinovirus, coronavirus, human metapneumovirus and adenovirus (Bjornson & Johnson, 2013).
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  • Spring '15
  • Common cold, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, croup, Medline Plus, adult croup

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