The Health Care Journey Of A Fictitious Patient Essay

2203 Words Dec 28th, 2016 9 Pages
According to The Department of Health (DH) (2011) in England and Wales Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease kills about 25,000 people in a year. Current figures showed that 4.8% of all deaths in England between 2007 and 2009 was caused by COPD.
The aim of this essay is to critically explore the health care journey of a fictitious patient by the name of Mrs Fryth who was diagnosed with (COPD) 8 years ago, therefore will not breach confidentiality as required by Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2015). The essay will demonstrate comprehension of pathophysiology in relation to COPD, Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema.
An assessment of Mrs Fryth will be done within the first 24 hours following admission, during her acute point of illness. The role of the nurse in health promotion and wellbeing is also considered in relation to the Mrs Fryth and her family. The author will also look at the nutritional status of Mrs Fryth as malnutrition is a common concern with COPD as respiratory muscle strength can be reduce (GOLD 2006). Mrs Fryth was referred to hospital for emergency admission after becoming increasingly breathless and showing signs of acute exacerbation.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) (2016), (COPD) is an umbrella term used to describe several chronic disease of the lungs that cause restriction to normal breathing. Breathlessness, cough and excessive sputum are symptoms of COPD. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are included in the diagnosis of this…

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