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NURS 6501Week 6 Week 6: Respiratory SystemIn the United States, there are currently more than 35 million people living with a respiratory disorder; and each year, more than 400,000 people die as a result (American Lung Association, 2012). The prevalence and impact of these disorders makes it essential for advanced practice nurses to have a solid understanding of the respiratory system. In clinical settings, you must be able to appropriately diagnose, treat, and manage care for patients with common disorders such as asthma, bronchitis, and pneumonia. This poses several questions: What are symptoms of respiratory disorders? How are they diagnosed? Are some disorders more prevalent in one patient group over another?
Chapter 26, “Structure and Function of the Pulmonary System”This chapter provides information relating to the structure and function of the pulmonary system to illustrate normal pulmonary function. It focuses on gas transport tobuild the foundation for examining alterations of pulmonary function.Chapter 27, “Alterations of Pulmonary Function”This chapter examines clinical manifestations of pulmonary alterations and disorders of the chest wall and pleura. It covers the pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, evaluation, and treatment of obstructive lung diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis, and emphysema.Chapter 28, “Alterations of Pulmonary Function in Children”This chapter focuses on alterations of pulmonary function that affect children. These alterations include disorders of the upper and lower airways.McPhee, S. J., & Hammer, G. D. (2010). Pathophysiology of disease: An introduction to clinical medicine (Laureate Education, Inc., custom ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Medical.
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cough, obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary function