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Respiratory Case Study: Scenario: BF, a 31 year-old man who lives in a small mou



Respiratory Case Study:Scenario: BF, a 31 year-old man who lives in a small mountain town in West Virginia, is highly allergic todust and pollen and has a history of mild asthma. BF’s wife drove him to the emergency room when hiswheezing was unresponsive to his fluticasone/salmeterol (Advair) inhaler, he was unable to lie down,and he began to use accessory muscles to breathe. BF is immediately started on 4L of oxygen by nasalcannula and intravenous (IV) D5W at 75 mL/hr. A set of arterial blood gases (ABG) is sent to thelaboratory. BF appears anxious and says that he is short of breath.Chart:Vital signs:BP 152/84Pulse 124 bpmResp rate 42 breaths/minTemp 100.® FDiscussion topics:1. What is the rationale for immediately starting BF on oxygen?2. Keeping in mind BF’s health history and presenting complaints, what are the most importantareas you need to evaluate during your physical assessment?Chart:ABGspH 7.31Paco2 48HCO3 26Pao2 55Chart:Medication Orders:Albuterol 2.5mg plus ipratropium 250 mcg nebulizer treatment statAlbuterol (Ventolin) inhaler 2 puffs po q4hrsMetaproterenol sulfate (Alupent) 0.4% nebulizer treatment q3hrsFluticasone (Flovent HFA) MDI: 220 mcg, 1 puff twice daily3. What is the rationale for the albuterol 2.5 mg plus ipratropium 250 mcg nebulizer treatmentSTAT (immediately)?4. Indicate the drug classification and expected outcome BF should experience with usingmetaproterenol sulfate (Alupent) and Fluticasone (Flovent).You assess BF and find that he has diminished lung sounds with inspiratory and expiratory wheezing inall lung fields with a nonproductive cough and accessory muscle use. His skin is pale, warm, and dry.The electrocardiogram shows sinus tachycardia without ectopy. He is alert and oriented x4 spheres. Heappears anxious and is sitting upright, leaning over the bedside table, and continuing to complain ofshortness of breath.5. What is your primary nursing goal at this time?6. You will need to monitor BF closely for the next few hours. What is the most seriouscomplication to anticipate?7. Identify four signs and symptoms of this complication you will assess for in BF.8. When combination inhalation aerosols are prescribed without specific instructions for thesequence of administration, you need to be aware of the recommendations for safe drugadministration. Describe the correct sequence for administering BF’s treatments.9. What are your responsibilities for administering aerosol therapy?After several hours and aerosol treatments, BF’s wheezing and dyspnea resolve, and he is able toexpectorate his secretions. The provider discusses BF’s asthma management with him; BF says he hashad several asthma attacks over the last few weeks. The provider discharges BF with a prescription fororal steroid “burst” (prednisone 40 mg/day X 5 days), fluticasone/salmeterol (Advair HFA 230/21) twoinhalations every morning and evening, albuterol (Proventil) metered-dose inhaler (MDI) two puffs q6has needed (prn) with spacer, and montelukast (Singulair) 10 mg daily each evening. He instructs BF tocall the pulmonary clinic for follow-up with a pulmonary specialist.10. What is the rationale for BF being on the oral steroid burst?11. How does montelukast (Singulair) differ from other asthma medications?BF state that h had taken his Advair that morning, then again when he started to feel short ofbreath. He states, “It did not help,” and wants to know why he has to remain on it. Isfluticasone/salmeterol (Advair) appropriate for use during an acute asthma attack? Explain.12. Based on this information, what specific issue do you need to address in discharge teaching withBF?You ask BF to demonstrate the use of his MDI. He vigorously shakes the canister, holds the aerosolizerat an angle (pointing toward his cheek) in front of his mouth, and squeezes the canister as he takes aquick, deep breath.13. What common mistakes has BF made when using the inhaler?14. You review the proper use of an MDI with BF and possible side effects he may experience,including hoarseness, dry mouth, white spots in the oral cavity, coughing, and headaches. Whatactions can you teach him to prevent or diminish the incidence of these effects? Select all thatapply:a. Decrease his fluid intakeb. Use a spacer on the inhalerc. Use the inhaler only as prescribedd. Rinse out his mouth immediately after using the inhalere. Clean the spacer in the dishwasher on “hot cycle with heated dry” daily

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