Respiratory Distress in the Pediatric Patient: Assessment and Intervention

Respiratory Distress in the Pediatric Patient: Assessment and Intervention

Series Overview: Respiratory pathologies are one of the major problems affecting the health and well being of children. These issues can be due to infection, allergy, trauma, or congenital anomalies. Whatever the cause, if distress is not promptly identified and treated, respiratory failure and even cardiopulmonary arrest can follow. Nurses and other healthcare providers need to understand anatomic and physiologic factors unique to pediatric patients that put them at risk for developing respiratory distress, signs of distress, and potential nursing interventions. 

Video Overview: Respiratory pathologies due to infection, allergy, trauma, or congenital anomalies are one of the major problems affecting the health and well being of children. Signs of distress must be recognized and assessed promptly. If distress is not promptly identified and interventions begun, respiratory failure and even cardiopulmonary arrest can follow. 

Objectives: After completing this course, the learner should be able to: 

  • List important signs of pediatric respiratory distress 
  • List the components of a pediatric respiratory assessment 
  • Identify the differences in signs between mild respiratory distress and moderate to acute respiratory distress 
  • Identify red flags that can indicate acute pediatric distress
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