10. Analyze pathophysiological mechanisms of chronic asthma and acute asthma exacerbation

Respiratory System

acute asthma exacerbation:

In 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?

acute asthma exacerbation

This week you explore the pathophysiology of alterations associated with respiratory disorders. You also explore the impact of patient factors on these disorders.

American Lung Association. (2008). Lung disease data: 2008. Retrieved from http://www.lung.org/assets/documents/publications/lung-disease-data/LDD_2008.pdf

Learning Objectives

Students will:
  • Analyze the pathophysiology of respiratory alterations
  • Evaluate the impact of patient factors on respiratory disorders
  • Analyze pathophysiological mechanisms of chronic asthma and acute asthma exacerbation
  • Evaluate the impact of patient factors on chronic asthma and acute asthma exacerbation
  • Evaluate clinical considerations of chronic asthma and acute asthma exacerbation
  • Understand and apply key terms, concepts, and principles related to alterations of the respiratory system
acute asthma exacerbation
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