The Problem Of Lung Diseases Essay

2318 Words Nov 4th, 2016 10 Pages
Lung diseases are very prevalent in the United States. According to a study, COPD is diagnosed in almost 24 million individuals in the US and is among the top 4 reasons of death in the country (Rubin, Dhand, Ruppel, Branson, & Hess, 2011). Other prevalent lung illnesses in the United States are asthma, pneumonia, and ARDS, which all correlate with the concept of gas exchange. In each phase in the continuum of healthcare, nurses will be faced with a patient who is diagnosed with a respiratory illness or disease. Therefore, nurses play a vital role in health promotion and prevention in patients who are at risk for these problems. There is a wide range of evidence-based research available for nurses and health care professionals to help guide their practice when caring for individuals with lung diseases. There has also been a numerous amount of advancements in regards to the care these individuals should receive. Nurses should stay up to date on the new research available and continue to expand their knowledge on the care that can be given to patients with respiratory illnesses. The nurse plays an important role in caring for patients with respiratory illnesses by providing education, performing cares/treatment, and preventing further complications from arising. This paper will seek to identify new advancements in the care of patients with COPD, asthma, pneumonia, and ARDS, provide background information on the diseases, and will provide an in-depth analysis of the nurse’s…

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