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Nursing Interventions for COPD Patients
This paper discusses the nursing interventions required to prevent postoperative complications in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients.
# 28088 | 2,495 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jun 20, 2003 in Medical and Health (Nursing)

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This paper uses the definition of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) as an umbrella term that refers to a large group of lung diseases which can interfere with normal breathing including emphysema, chronic bronchitis and chronic asthma. This paper reviews nursing interventions such as COPD education, exercises of upper and lower extremities, breathing exercises and psychosocial support. The author concludes that the nurse should do a thorough assessment of the patient?s physical and psychological status and that there are several interventions from which nurses can select, thus the patient need not be restricted to any one particular type of intervention.

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"In terms of interventions to prevent post-operative complications in COPD patients, the first step that must be taken is a complete assessment of the patient. This assessment is most likely best accomplished by using Gordon's (1998) Function Health Pattern classification for assessment developed for The North American Nursing Diagnosis Association (NANDA). What Gordon (1998) observed is that a diagnosis is a conceptual model for interpreting a set of observations in order to provide organization for understanding these observations as they relate to diagnosis of any kind."

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