Cystic Fibrosis

802 WordsApr 21, 20144 Pages
Cystic Fibrosis is a life threatening condition that causes severe damage to the lungs and digestive system. Developing this condition can change a person's entire life. Depending on the severity of the condition a person can be affected by mild symptoms such as shortness of breath, all the way to severe symptoms such as rectal prolapse, or even death. Screening is done on infants in all 50 states; therefore if a child has inherited Cystic Fibrosis it will be known in the first months of life. As professional staff members of a nursing community it will be necessary to help prepare the child and the family for the life of Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited condition. However, the gene for Cystic Fibrosis is recessive and…show more content…
Height and weight are particularly important in Cystic Fibrosis patients because of the fact that some patients, especially younger children, tend to not grow at average rates. This is because of the fact that Cystic Fibrosis also has an effect on the digestive enzymes. A patient with Cystic Fibrosis will often eat regularly and still be malnourished, so it is very important that the nursing assistants constantly push extra nutritious foods, as well as closely measure intake and output (Moe, 1992, p. 77). Cystic Fibrosis is a life threatening condition for many people. Ultimately, patients with this condition tend to die at an early age, but that does not mean they cannot live a full healthy life until then. Helping these patients achieve the greatest standard of living possible is a main duty of the members of the professional healthcare team. There are many breathing techniques, and special therapies that nursing assistants perform for these patients but ultimately the nursing assistants most important job is to make sure these patients are living

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