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Sonia Bates is a 19 year-old lady who lives at home with her parents. She is regularly active and swims every week. She has a history of asthma and is usually well controlled on her asthma medication. Sonia presented to the emergency department, complaining of shortness of breath and tightness in her chest.
Aim of assessment
The purpose for this case study essay is to enable students to produce an assignment, using evidence-based information, to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of asthma and the nursing care required of these patients. Content should include a discussion on the pathophysiology of the condition, analysis of the clinical manifestations, nursing management, assessment/investigations for asthma, treatment options based on national guidelines and implications for nursing practice.
Briefly explain the pathophysiology of asthma in this patient. In your answer identify the clinical manifestations of asthma demonstrated by Sonia and why these are occurring.
Outline the immediate nursing and medical management Sonia requires in the treatment of this exacerbation of asthma. In your answer include the pharmacological management required by a patient with an acute exacerbation of asthma.
Identify three medications that would be used in the treatment of Sonia and outline the indication for use, mechanism of action, administration method, side effects, and nursing care required for these medications (No tables).
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