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Respiratory Assessment History Taking Clinical Assessment Interpretation of Findings Implantation of a Plan DARREN HIRD – NURSE PRACTITIONER.

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1 Respiratory Assessment History Taking Clinical Assessment Interpretation of Findings Implantation of a Plan DARREN HIRD – NURSE PRACTITIONER

2 Respiratory Assessment The respiratory system is essential for life. Normal lung function requires a balanced interrelationship among the respiratory, nervous, and cardiovascular systems.

3 Six important respiratory symptoms Wheezing Cough Sputum production Dyspnoea Haemoptysis Chest pain

4 Anatomical Presentation

5 Gross Presentation Thoracic Kyphoscoliosis Pectus Carinatum Thoracic Operations Pectus Excavatum (Pigeon Chest) (Funnel Chest)

6 Landmarks Inspection Palpation Percussion Auscultation

7 Cervical Lymphadenopathy Respiratory Rate and Expansion General Appearance (Dilated veins, Cyanosis) Finger Clubbing

8 Palpation Palpation is an assessment technique in which the examiner uses the surface of the fingers and hands to feel for abnormalities.

9 Percussion Technique Practice Comparison

10 Auscultation Quality of conducted voice sounds Type and number of added sounds Type & Amplitude of Breath Sounds

11 Summary of Findings Assessment findings include: Inspection relaxed posture normal musculature rate breaths per minute, regular no cyanosis or pallor anteroposterior diameter less than transverse diameter Palpation symmetric chest expansion tactile fremitus present and equal bilaterally Percussion resonant Auscultation vesicular over peripheral fields bronchovesicular over sternum (anterior) and between scapulae (posterior) infant and child - bronchovesicular throughout

12 Further Investigations Chest X-Ray Lung Function Test Culture & Sensitivity DOCUMENTATION


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