2 Factors Essential to Normal Functioning of the Respiratory System Integrity of the airway system to transport air to and from lungs Properly functioning alveolar system in lungs Oxygenate venous blood Remove carbon dioxide from blood Properly functioning cardiovascular and hematological system Carry nutrients and wastes to and from body cells
3 Upper Airway Function warm, filter, humidify inspired air Components Nose Pharynx Larynx Epiglottis
4 Lower Airway Functions conduction of air, mucociliary clearance, production of pulmonary surfactant Components Trachea Right and left mainstem bronchi Segmental bronchi Terminal bronchioles
5 Anatomy of the Lungs Main organs of respiration Extend from the base of diaphragm to the apex above first rib The right lung has three lobes; left lung has two The lungs are composed of elastic tissue (alveoli, surfactant, pleura)
6 The Organs of the Respiratory Tract
7 Pulmonary Ventilation Inspiration the active phase of ventilation Involves movement of muscles and thorax to bring air into the lungs Expiration the passive phase of ventilation Movement of air out of the lungs
8 Process of Ventilation The diaphragm contracts and descends, lengthening the thoracic cavity The external intercostal muscles contract, lifting the ribs upward and outward The sternum is pushed forward, enlarging the chest from front to back Increased lung volume and decreased intrapulmonic pressure allow air to move from an area of greater pressure (outside lungs) to lesser pressure (inside lungs) The relaxation of these structures results in expiration
9 Gas Exchange Refers to the intake of oxygen and release of carbon dioxide Made possible by respiration and perfusion Occurs via diffusion (movement of oxygen and carbon dioxide between the air and blood)
10 Question Which one of the following respiratory organs is the site of gas exchange? A. Mediastinum B. Parietal pleura C. Alveoli D. Diaphragm
11 Answer Answer: C. Alveoli Rationale: At the end of the terminal bronchioles, there are clusters of alveoli that are the site of gas exchange. The wall of each alveolus is made of a single-cell layer of squamous epithelium. This thin wall allows for exchange of gasses within the capillaries covering the alveoli.
12 Four Factors Influencing Diffusion of Gases in the Lungs Change in surface area available Thickening of alveolar-capillary membrane Partial pressure Solubility and molecular weight of the gas
13 Transport of Respiratory Gases Oxygen is carried in the body via plasma and red blood cells. Most oxygen (97%) is carried by red blood cells in the form of oxyhemoglobin. Hemoglobin also carries carbon dioxide in the form of carboxyhemoglobin. Internal respiration between the circulating blood and tissue cells must occur.
14 Question Tell whether the following statement is true or false. Pulmonary ventilation is the process by which oxygenated capillary blood passes through body tissues. A. True B. False
15 Answer Answer: B. False Perfusion is the process by which oxygenated capillary blood passes through body tissues.
16 Cardiovascular System Vital for exchange of gases Composed of the heart and the blood vessels The heart is a cone shaped, muscular pump, divided into four hollow chambers The upper chambers, the atria (singular, atrium), receive blood from the veins (the superior and inferior vena cava and the left and right pulmonary veins) The lower chambers, the ventricles, force blood out of the heart through the arteries (the left and right pulmonary arteries and the aorta)
17 Respiratory Activity in the Infant Lungs are transformed from fluid-filled structures to airfilled organs. The infant s chest is small, airways are short, and aspiration is a potential problem. Respiratory rate is rapid and respiratory activity is primarily abdominal. Synthetic surfactant can be given to the infant to reopen alveoli. Crackles heard at the end of deep respiration are normal.
18 Respiratory Activity in the Child Some subcutaneous fat is deposited on the chest wall making landmarks less prominent. Eustachian tubes, bronchi, and bronchioles are elongated and less angular. The average number of routine colds and infections decreases until children enter daycare or school. Good hand hygiene and tissue etiquette are encouraged. By end of late childhood, the immune system protects from most infections.
19 Respiratory Functioning in the Older Adult Bony landmarks are more prominent due to loss of subcutaneous fat. Kyphosis contributes to appearance of leaning forward. Barrel chest deformity may result in increased anteroposterior diameter. Tissues and airways become more rigid; diaphragm moves less efficiently. Older adults have an increased risk for disease, especially pneumonia.
20 Factors Affecting Respiratory Functioning Levels of health Developmental considerations Medications Lifestyle Environment Psychological health
21 Guidelines for Obtaining a Nursing History Determine why the patient needs nursing care. Determine what kind of care is needed to maintain a sufficient intake of air. Identify current or potential health deviations. Identify actions performed by the patient for meeting respiratory needs. Make use of aids to improve intake of air and effects on patient s lifestyle and relationship with others.
22 Sounds Heard Upon Percussion of Chest Wall Resonance loud, hollow low-pitched sound heard over normal lungs Hyperresonance loud, low booming sound heard over emphysematous lungs Flatness detected over bone or heavy muscle Dullness with medium pitch and intensity heard over the liver Tympany high-pitched, loud, drum-like sound produced over the stomach
23 Breath Sounds Vesicular low-pitched soft sound during expiration heard over most of lungs Bronchial high-pitched and longer, heard primarily over trachea Bronchovesicular medium pitch and sound during expiration, heard over upper anterior chest and intercostal area
24 Question Tell whether the following statement is true or false. Wheezes are continuous, musical sounds, produced as air passes through airways constricted by swelling, narrowing, secretions, or tumors. A. True B. False
25 Answer Answer: A. True Wheezes are continuous, musical sounds, produced as air passes through airways constricted by swelling, narrowing, secretions, or tumors.
26 Abnormal (Adventitious) Lung Sounds Crackles intermittent sounds occurring when air moves through airways that contain fluid Classified as fine, medium, or coarse Wheezes continuous sounds heard on expiration and sometimes on inspiration as air passes through airways constricted by swelling, secretions, or tumors Classified as sibilant or sonorous
27 Common Diagnostic Methods Arterial blood gas and ph analysis Cytologic study Endoscopic studies Skin tests Radiography Lung scan
29 Question Which one of the following lung values is the amount of air contained within the lungs at maximum inspiration? A. Vital capacity B. Total lung capacity C. Residual volume D. Peak expiratory flow rate
30 Answer Answer: B. Total lung capacity Rationale: Total lung capacity is the amount of air contained within the lungs at maximum inspiration. Vital capacity is the amount of air displaced by maximal exhalation. Residual volume is the amount of air left in the lungs at maximal expiration. Peak expiratory flow rate is the maximum flow attained during the forced expiratory maneuver.
31 Nursing Interventions Promoting Adequate Respiratory Functioning Teaching about a pollution-free environment Promoting optimal function Promoting proper breathing Managing chest tubes Promoting and controlling coughing Promoting comfort Meeting respiratory needs with medications
32 Promoting Proper Breathing Deep breathing Using incentive spirometry Pursed-lip breathing Abdominal or diaphragmatic breathing
33 Managing Chest Tubes Assist with insertion and removal of chest tube. Monitor the patient s respiratory status and vital signs. Check the dressing. Maintain the patency and integrity of the drainage system.
34 Types of Cough Medications Cough suppressants Expectorants Lozenges
35 The Cough Mechanism
36 Promoting Comfort Positioning Maintaining adequate fluid intake Providing humidified air Performing chest physiotherapy Maintaining good nutrition
37 Administering Inhaled Medications Bronchodilators open narrowed airways Mucolytic agents liquefy or loosen thick secretions Corticosteroids reduce inflammation in airways
38 Question Tell whether the following statement is true or false. A meter-dosed inhaler delivers a controlled dose of medication with each compression of the canister. A. True B. False
39 Question Answer: A. True A meter-dosed inhaler delivers a controlled dose of medication with each compression of the canister.
40 Types of Inhalers Nebulizers disperse fine particles of medication into deeper passages of respiratory tract where absorption occurs Metered-dose inhalers deliver controlled dose of medication with each compression of the canister Dry powder inhalers activated by the patient s inspiration
42 Precautions for Oxygen Administration Avoid open flames in patient s room. Place no smoking signs in conspicuous places. Check to see electrical equipment in room is in good working order. Avoid wearing and using synthetic fabrics (builds up static electricity). Avoid using oils in the area (ignite spontaneously in oxygen).
43 Type of Artificial Airways Oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal airway Endotracheal tube Tracheostomy tube
44 Two Types of Tracheostomy Sets: Cuffless and Cuffed
45 Administering Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (ABCs) Airway tip the head and check for breathing Breathing if victim is not breathing spontaneously, give two breaths lasting 1.5 to 2 seconds Circulation check the pulse; if victim has no pulse, initiate chest compressions
46 Planning: Expected Outcomes Demonstrate improved gas exchange in lungs by absence of cyanosis or chest pain and a pulse oximetry reading >95%. Relate the causative factors and demonstrate adaptive method of coping. Preserve pulmonary function by maintaining an optimal level of activity. Demonstrate self-care behaviors that provide relief from symptoms and prevent further problems.
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