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Nursing Care in Pediatric Respiratory Disease

Concettina Tolomeo (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-96297-8 September 2011 Wiley-Blackwell 338 Pages


Pediatric respiratory disorders are responsible for a number of acute and chronic health conditions and are a leading cause of pediatric emergency room visits and hospitalizations.  More than ever, nurses and nurse practitioners must have an understanding of the anatomy, pathophysiology, diagnosis and state of the art treatments in pediatric respiratory disease as they are often the first to come in contact with and recognize respiratory problems in children.  Nursing Care in Pediatric Respiratory Disease seeks to provide both nurses and nurse practitioners with this information in order to aid them in the diagnosis and treatment of children suffering from acute and chronic respiratory disorders.

Nursing Care in Pediatric Respiratory Disease opens with an overview of the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system, best practices for assessing respiratory symptoms in children, and common respiratory therapies and treatment methods.  It then proceeds through an examination of varying acute and chronic upper and lower respiratory diseases spanning from asthma and cystic fibrosis to vocal cord paralysis and sinusitis in both hospital and ambulatory settings.

Nursing Care in Pediatric Respiratory Disease provides nurses and other health care providers with a comprehensive and practical resource which allows them to collaborate and advocate more effectively, as well as educate both the family and child in management of respiratory disorders. 

Contributors ix

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xv

Reviewers xvi

1 Pediatric pulmonary anatomy and physiology 3
Neal Nakra, MD, FAAP

2 Pediatric respiratory health history and physical assessment 38
Concettina Tolomeo, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, AE-C

3 Principles of lung therapeutics 51
Kathryn Blake, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP

4 Neonatal lung disease: Apnea of prematurity and bronchopulmonary dysplasia 85
Pnina Weiss, MD, and Concettina Tolomeo, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, AE-C

5 Lower airway disease 110
Julie Honey, MSN, CPNP, and Michael Bye, MD, FAAP, FCCP

6 Upper airway disorders 132
Wendy S. L. Mackey, MSN, APRN-BC, CORLN, Melissa M. Dziedzic, MSN, CPNP, CORLN, and Lisa M. Gagnon, MSN, CPNP

7 Asthma 188
Concettina Tolomeo, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, AE-C, Dawn Baker, MSN, CPNP, CCRC, and Pnina Weiss, MD

8 Cystic fi brosis 221
Antoinette Gardner, RN, MEd, CCRC, AE-C, and Kimberly Jones, MD

9 Obstructive sleep apnea 247
Linda Niemiec, MSN, RN, CPNP, and Lewis J. Kass, MD

10 Primary ciliary dyskinesia and bronchiectasis 269
Rosyln Bravo, BS, MS, APRN, CPNP, AE-C, and Anita Bhandari, MD

11 Acute respiratory problems 286
Marcia Winston, MSN, CPNP, AE-C, and Catherine Kier, MD

Index 314

  • Comprehensive coverage of acute and chronic upper and lower airway disorders
  • Presentation of key patient care issues for both the nurse and the nurse practitioner in pediatric respiratory care
  • Easy-to-use format makes information accessible for healthcare professionals of all skill levels