Nursing Process Paper

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NURSING PROCESS PAPER

Nursing Process Paper

Abstract This process paper will evaluate the complex relationship between disease pathophysiology and how it has progressed to the patient’s current state of health. It will include a comprehensive discussion of chronic and acute problems leading to the patient’s hospital admission, a complete description of interrelationships and pathophysiology for all medical diagnoses, a comprehensive discussion of the client’s signs and symptoms and results of all diagnostic studies to the underlying pathophysiology, and a comprehensive listing of all medications ordered at the time of admission with explanations of why each was ordered and identification of the most common side effects which may
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Her past surgical history includes an excision of a groin abscess, a cholecystectomy, a rotator cuff repair, and a breast biopsy. The patient’s family history is positive for hypertension and there is no family history of lung disease. Her father is deceased with muscular dystrophy and her mother is deceased with acute MI. She is allergic to sulfa, carbonic anhydrase inhibitors, thiazides, sulfonamide antibiotics, and sulfonylureas.

Pathophysiology and Interrelationships In the following paragraphs, I will provide a comprehensive understanding of the diagnoses and how they relate to one another. I will be discussing the medical diagnoses of COPD/Emphysema, congestive heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, HTN, chronic myeloid leukemia, anemia, hypothyroidism, and GERD. Each heading will include the definition, causes/etiology, risk factors, common signs and symptoms, common treatment methods, common labs and diagnostic studies, the patient’s history of the disease, the patient’s risk factors, the patient’s signs and symptoms, the patient’s course of treatment and whether or not the treatment is working, and the patient’s labs and diagnostic studies that confirm the diagnosis and efficacy of treatment.

COPD/Emphysema COPD is a general term for a group of conditions in which there is persistent difficulty in expelling air from the lungs (Olendorf, 2000). Emphysema is one of the most common conditions listed under the COPD umbrella. So for

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