Symptoms And Treatment Of Cystic Fibrosis

1237 Words Mar 12th, 2016 5 Pages
Cystic fibrosis is a hereditary disease that produces abnormally thick mucus that often causes blockages and respiratory infections. It is a chronic, life-threatening disease that demands several amounts of treatment. “In the United States, the congenital respiratory disease cystic fibrosis affects about 30,000 children and adults, with another 40,000 sufferers worldwide, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In addition, approximately 1,000 new cases of CF are diagnosed each year” (Fratantoro, 2014). The major health concern in this disease is the mortality rate and how nurses and other medical professionals can help extend a child’s lifetime by caring for both the child and family. “The life expectancy for children born and diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in 2010 is now 37 years for females and 40 years for males” (Fratantoro, 2014). Cystic fibrosis creates a large burden on the ill child, but also on the caregivers. There are both physical restraints and psychosocial restraints due to the severe illness. There are three very important implications for a nurse to know when caring for a child with this disease. The nurse caring for these patients must continuously asses the respiratory system, as ineffective airway clearance and risk for infection in the lungs are the two most common nursing diagnoses. Coping strategies are usually needed to help both the child and the caregivers deal with the stress that comes with the diagnosis and treatment. Education about the…
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