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Introduction to Pediatric Respiratory Disorders (Nursing)

by Paula Ruedebusch

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    00:01 Here's an introduction to pediatric respiratory disorders.

    00:05 Why is this important? Well, respiratory disorders are the most common cause of hospitalizations in the pediatric population.

    00:12 The leading diagnoses for all hospitalizations in pediatric patients, excluding newborns, in the United States are pneumonia, asthma, and acute bronchitis.

    00:24 Here's an overview of the anatomy of the pediatric respiratory system.

    00:27 It all starts with the nasal cavity, plus the paranasal sinuses.

    00:31 And this is one way that air will enter your body.

    00:33 It'll go through your nostril.

    00:34 Another way is through the oral cavity or your mouth.

    00:37 Then it will go down to your pharynx, your larynx, which is your voice box, and down through the trachea, which is your windpipe.

    00:43 This will extend to the 2 main bronchus stems and go further down into the lungs.

    00:49 Nurses always need to remember that children are not just smaller versions of adults.

    00:53 The respiratory system is under neural and hormonal control.

    00:57 The pediatric respiratory system varies anatomically and physiologically from the adult respiratory system.

    01:04 The clinician needs to understand these differences in order to manage the pediatric respiratory system.

    01:10 So when a child is born, most of the anatomic structures of respiration are present, but they're immature and underdeveloped.

    01:17 When a child takes their first breath, this is when the structures begin to expand and mature.

    01:23 So newborns and then young children move along the continuum, and compensate only by increasing the respiratory rate because they don't have a large lung volume.

    01:32 The structures are also immature.

    01:34 You can see as children get older, they're able to further increase their lung volume to compensate for respiratory problems.


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    The lecture Introduction to Pediatric Respiratory Disorders (Nursing) by Paula Ruedebusch is from the course Respiratory Disorders – Pediatric Nursing.


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    1. 0–6 years
    2. 0–2 months
    3. 0–2 years
    4. 0–12 years

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     Paula Ruedebusch

    Paula Ruedebusch


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