Dyspnea (a clinical sign of hypoxia) is associated with many clinical conditions such as, pulmonary disease, cardiovascular disease, neuromuscular conditions, and anemia. So what can you as a RN due to manage dyspnea?
1st and foremost treat the underlying cause first...
- 1. FIRST...manage airway
- Ways to manage airway include:
- - Pharmalogical (bronchodilators, inhaled steroids)
- - Oxygen therapy: (exercise, O2 masks)
- - Physical techniques: (exercise, conditioning, biofeedback)
- -Psychosocial techniques: (relaxation, massage, meditation, biofeedback)
2. Mobilize the pulmonary secretions
- move them around so they don't end up blocking the airway - Maintain normal airway
3. Add humidification
if necessary: ( add water to O2 being administered to client on 02 therapy)
(add moisture/medicine to inspired air
: (this includes chest vibration, percussion, and postural drainage)