Respiratory failure is a serious medical condition that causes oxygen levels in the blood to drop. Respiratory failure can be caused by many things, including lung disease, heart problems, infections, cancer and other illnesses. The goal of treatment is to provide enough oxygen to support life functions while treating the underlying cause of respiratory failure.
Nursing Diagnosis For Respiratory Failure
1 Respiratory failure can be defined as a state when the pulmonary system fails to provide adequate oxygenation or elimination of carbon dioxide.
Respiratory failure can be defined as a state when the pulmonary system fails to provide adequate oxygenation or elimination of carbon dioxide. This may occur because of any number of respiratory disorders, including asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), pneumonia and heart failure. Respiratory insufficiency is a common complication for patients who have undergone surgery or had an acute illness that resulted in significant lung damage.
Nursing diagnoses associated with respiratory failure include:
- Activity intolerance related to impaired gas exchange
- Dysfunctional breathing pattern related to underlying disease process
2 A nursing diagnosis for respiratory failure can be developed through various methods of assessment.
Respiratory failure can be a complex diagnosis, as it can affect many areas of the patient’s life. The nursing assessment for respiratory failure should include:
- The patient’s history and physical assessment.
- The patient’s feedback about their own experience of the illness, including any symptoms they have reported.
- Any response to treatment that might indicate a need for further investigation or intervention. For example, if someone with asthma suddenly requires hospitalization due to an exacerbation (a sudden worsening,) this may indicate that their current medication regimen is not adequate or is ineffective in controlling their asthma symptoms. If this is true and they are on minimal treatment medications (such as albuterol), then it may be necessary to increase their dose or add additional medications such as inhaled steroids or oral steroids into their treatment plan until more permanent solutions can be found such as changing environments or finding better ways to manage stressors that trigger asthma attacks regularly enough in order for them not only take place but also get worse over time unless something changes.”
3 Nurses will often use a combination of medical histories, physical assessments, and patient feedback to develop a nursing diagnosis.
In order to develop a nursing diagnosis, you’ll need to consider the medical history of the patient, as well as their physical condition. Your doctor will likely have an even more complete picture of the patient’s health status than you do, so it’s important to pay close attention when they’re discussing their findings with you.
It’s also vital that you take time out of your day-to-day responsibilities to talk with patients directly. Patients may not mention symptoms that are important for diagnosing respiratory failure because they don’t feel comfortable bringing them up or think they’re too minor compared with other problems in their lives. In order to truly understand what’s going on with them, it’s essential for nurses to ask open-ended questions about how things are going at home or work and about any symptoms they’ve had recently—even if these don’t seem related at first glance!
4 Symptoms of respiratory failure include changes in the length, rate, and depth of the patient’s breathing.
- The patient’s breathing rate may be fast and very irregular, or slow and shallow.
- Breathing depth may be inadequate for air exchange.
- The lung sounds may be diminished or absent on inspiration or expiration, particularly on expiration. This can occur with large airways obstruction (consolidation) or reduced lung compliance associated with pulmonary edema or pleural effusion.
- In some patients, the breath sounds are increased in intensity but continuous throughout inspiration and expiration; this is called egophony. It is most likely to occur in patients with pneumonia when there is a consolidation in an upper lobe of a lung segment (egophony).
5 If you are assessing a patient using respirations, it helps to ensure that there is no other cause for their breathing changes.
A patient’s breathing pattern can be altered by a number of factors. Pain, anxiety, and medications are all examples of things that can cause changes to respiratory rate or depth. Before coming to a diagnosis you should ensure that there is no other cause for these symptoms or changes in respiratory pattern.
6 For example, pain can affect breathing patterns in patients.
For example, pain can affect breathing patterns in patients. Pain can cause shallow breathing, rapid breathing and irregular breathing patterns. Pain can also cause irregular breathing patterns and irregular breathing patterns.
7 The heart rate may also change due to a patient’s state of mind.
The heart rate can change due to a number of things. The autonomic nervous system, which is responsible for involuntary functions like heart rate, can cause the heart to speed up or slow down. For example, a person who is excited may experience an increase in their heart rate. Another factor affecting your heart rate is parasympathetic nervous system activity. This system slows down your heart when you’re relaxed and helps restore order after stressful situations. Sympathetic nervous system activity increases during times of stress and arousal; it also causes an increase in blood pressure as well as a decrease in digestion, respiration and other bodily processes that aren’t necessary at this time (such as growing hair). Hormone cortisol has an indirect effect on the cardiovascular system by binding to receptors on the kidneys’ cells (renal cortex) where it stimulates sodium retention and potassium excretion by increasing sodium reabsorption into the blood stream while decreasing calcium excretion from bones into urine via increased kidney tubule reabsorption of calcium ions while sparing glucocorticoids receptor specific intracellular signaling pathways so they don’t go into overdrive like they would without cortisol present thus preventing excessive activation of immune cells that could lead to harmful inflammation responses after acute tissue damage occurs such as trauma wounds bleeding ulcers sepsis etcetera
8 Once you have completed your assessment and developed a diagnosis statement, you will have an idea of what treatments are needed.
After completing your assessment, you should have an idea of what treatments are needed. Your diagnosis statement should be clear and concise. It should be based on the patient’s condition, history, assessment and response.
9 For example, if you find that a patient is not getting enough oxygen from their respirations, you may need to increase the amount of oxygen they receive from the atmosphere around them.
If you find that a patient is not getting enough oxygen from their respirations, you may need to increase the amount of oxygen they receive from the atmosphere around them. This can be accomplished with a variety of methods:
- Oxygen therapy
- Use of a respiratory therapist
- Use of a ventilator
- Tracheostomy or tracheotomy (a surgical procedure which allows direct access to the trachea)
- Nebulizer (an inhalation device designed to provide medication into the lungs without requiring a conscious effort on behalf of the user)
- CPAP machine (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure)
10 It is important to remember that respiratory failure is not an easy condition to treat and will usually require more than one type of therapy.
Remember that respiratory failure is not an easy condition to treat and will usually require more than one type of therapy. In order to get a better idea of how you should treat this condition, let’s take a look at what happens when someone has respiratory failure.
It’s important to remember that with this kind of problem the patient can’t breathe well enough on their own, so they need help from another person or machine. If you’re trying to treat this type of situation then your goal will be making sure that they have enough oxygen in their body so that it doesn’t negatively affect their health and growth potential as much as possible.
Respiratory failure can be a difficult condition for a patient to manage, but it is important to remember that there are many different treatments available. Nurses should assess their patients carefully and work with them on a treatment plan that will help them manage their symptoms so they can return home from the hospital safely.