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Describes the incidence, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations and management of common respiratory disorders that result in acute respiratory failure
The most common reason that patients require admission to an intensive care unit (ICU) is for support of their respiratory system. Failure or inadequate function of the respiratory system occurs as a result of direct or indirect pathophysiological conditions. The process of mechanical ventilation may also injure a patient's lungs, further impacting functioning of the respiratory system.
This module describes the incidence, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations and management of common respiratory disorders that result in acute respiratory failure. These are pneumonia, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, acute lung injury, pneumothorax and lung transplantation.
Progressing though the module, you will cover post-operative management for lung transplant recipients, the differences between hypoxaemic (type I) and hypercapnoeic (type II) respiratory failure, and the pathophysiological mechanisms of acute respiratory failure. You will also learn how to prevent or minimise ventilator-associated lung injury, and how to outline the incidence of respiratory alterations in the Australasian critical care context.
Completing this online module accumulates one hour of CPD for nurses.
Acknowledgements - Content derived from Respiratory Alterations and Management by Maria Murphy, Sharon Wetzig and Judy Currey in ACCCN’s critical care nursing 2e by Elliott, Aitken and Chaboyer