The pathophysiology of emphysema : considerations for critical care nursing practice

Mattison, Sue & Christensen, Martin (2006) The pathophysiology of emphysema : considerations for critical care nursing practice. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 22(6), pp. 329-337.

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Emphysema is caused by exposure to cigarette smoking as well as alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency. It has been estimated to cost the National Health Service (NHS) in excess of £800 million per year in related health care costs. The challenges for Critical Care nurses are those associated with dynamic hyperinflation, Auto-PEEP, malnutrition and the weaning from invasive and non-invasive mechanical ventilation. In this paper we consider the impact of the pathophysiology of emphysema, its effects on other body systems as well as the impact acute exacerbations have when patients are admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.

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ID Code: 68986
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Emphysema, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Weaning, Ventilation
DOI: 10.1016/j.iccn.2006.03.003
ISSN: 0964-3397
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Clinical Nursing - Secondary (Acute Care) (111003)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Elsevier Ltd.
Deposited On: 21 Mar 2014 01:35
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2014 01:35

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