Mattison, S. and Christensen, M., 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 alpha^1-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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|Group:||School of Health and Social Care > Centre for Social Work and Social Policy|
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