Nursing Interventions for Dyspnea?


Dyspnea is difficulty breathing as opposed to eupnea which means ease of breathing. Dyspnea presents as struggling for air, with great gulps, large movements of the chest, retracting, or noises while breathing. Nursing interventions to help with breathing will first consider the airway and if it is obstructed. If it is, interventions such as an endotracheal tube may be needed. If not, oxygen may be administered. Medications may be ordered and the nurse will administer them. Suctioning and other methods for fluid clearing could be used. Instructing the patient to conserve energy, instructing them in breathing techniques, and teaching proper nutrition are all nursing interventions for dyspnea.
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