NURS6501 Week 6 Discussion Stacy Pohlman Respiratory symptoms may be extremely difficult to differentiate. It is important for healthcare providers to know common characteristics of both adult and childhood respiratory illness to ensure that they are able to act promptly when necessary. In scenario 2 the key information to examine is that the patient is 6 years old, previously healthy, no history of asthma or respiratory disease, and may not have had all childhood immunizations. The description of the present illness is equally important. The patient has had a deep, productive, “bark like” cough for one week. He has had a low grade fever with this illness. I initially suspect croup based on Huether & McCance (2012) definition of croup as an acute laryngotracheobronchitis, usually caused by parainfluenza virus. This infection causes swelling of the upper trachea. The typical sign is a seal-like barking cough, which appears after a few days of rhinorrhea, sore throat, and low-grade fever. However, Croup is a upper airway
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