Nursing Care of a Patient Diagnosed with Pneumonia

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Nursing Care of a Patient Diagnosed with Pneumonia Tiara Graham Linn Benton Community College Nursing Care of a Patient Diagnosed with Pneumonia Patient Description Patient is a Caucasian 83 year old female that came into the emergency department from Wynwood assisted living facility with an increase of fatigue, worsening confusion and a 1 day history of a fever. Patient weighs approximately 90 pounds upon admission with a height of 64 inches. Patient has known COPD and is a former heavy smoker that also has a history of pneumonia, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, and dementia. Upon presentation to the emergency department patient has had increased nasal drainage and cough. Patient came into the hospital about a year and a half…show more content…
15. RN or CNA will position patient over bedside table for acute dyspnea PRN until discharge. 16. RN & CNA will help pt eat frequent small meals and use dietary supplements PRN until discharge. 17. RN will teach pt energy conservation techniques and the importance of alternating rest periods with activity by end of shift tomorrow and PRN until discharge. | 1. “The presence of coarse crackles during late inspiration indicates fluid in the airway; wheezing indicates a narrowed airway” (Simpson, 2006, p. 487).2. “A normal respiratory rate for an adult without dyspnea is 12-16. With secretions in the airway, the respiratory rate will increase” (Simpson, 2006, p. 486).3. “An oxygen saturation of less than 90% or a partial pressure of oxygen of less than 80 indicates significant oxygenation problems” (Sanford & Jacobs, 2008, p. 125).4. “An upright position allows for maximal lung expansion; lying flat cause abdominal organs to shift toward the chest, which crowds the lungs and makes it more difficult to breathe” (Sanford & Jacobs, 2008, p. 125).5. “This technique can help increase sputum clearance and decrease cough spasms. Controlled coughing was the diaphragmatic muscles, making the cough more forceful and effective” (Sanford & Jacobs, 2008, p. 125).6. “This technique prevents the glottis from closing during the cough and is effective in clearing secretions in the central airways” (Sanford & Jacobs, 2008, p. 126).7. “In

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