The prospect of caring for acutely ill patients has the potential to overwhelm students and newly qualified health professionals, with many reporting feelings of stress, fear and inexperience. In this context, Acute Illness Management arrives as a much needed guide to the fundamental aspects of care in the hospital setting.
This book equips students with a practical understanding of essential skills ranging from resuscitation to early intervention and to trauma care. It explains the rationale behind protocols of care highlighting the relationship between theory and practice.
Key Features: Includes tips for analyzing care decisions in a critical and effective manner; Offers reflective activities and self-assessment questions to cement learning; Provides legal and ethical considerations
Acute Illness Management is an invaluable resource for students and qualified practitioners in nursing and other health professions.
Chapter 4: Problems with the Airway and Breathing
Problems with the Airway and Breathing
Breathing is fundamentally important to life and without the ability to breathe the body will soon die. As a minimum for effective breathing a person must have a clear airway and functioning lungs. Other factors will also impact on the effectiveness of the airway and breathing, such as neurological status and homeostatic stability. At times of acute illness, the airway may become compromised for a variety of reasons and the lungs ...