Medications for Asthma: In a Nutshell (Nursing)

by Rhonda Lawes

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    00:01 Okay, so let's wrap this up.

    00:03 Asthma is a chronic disease process.

    00:06 That means, it goes on and on and on. Right? It's not an acute event.

    00:10 They have acute exacerbations but it is a chronic disease process.

    00:15 Underline the words: smooth muscle.

    00:18 Because I really wanna make sure that you have a good understanding that smooth muscle in the respiratory system is what causes that bronchoconstriction and really narrows those airways.

    00:28 They were already narrow before and it clamps down on 'em.

    00:33 The inflammatory response is what causes all that mucus and junk to fill up their airways.

    00:38 So if we're gonna do really good care of patients with respiratory problems like asthma, need to make sure that the medication plan addresses both inflammation and bronchoconstriction.

    00:51 You have to know the difference.

    00:53 For acute attacks, that you wanna prioritize Short Acting Beta-2 Adrenergic Agonist.

    01:00 So you need to be very careful that even though they all end in -EROL, you know which ones are appropriate in a rescue attack.

    01:08 So if we want to prevent attacks, that's longer treatments So we'll use LABAs, glucocorticoids, leukotrine modifiers or our oldest friend in that list, Cromolyn.

    01:21 Remember these are medications that will need to be taken everyday, on a regular basis and what go with those is to prevent attacks from happening.

    01:30 But I keep going back to that point, don't forget, in an acute attack, you need a short acting beta-2 adrenergic agonist.

    01:39 Well there you have it.

    01:41 There's your introduction to the medications that we can use to save the lives of your respiratory patients in an asthma attack.

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    The lecture Medications for Asthma: In a Nutshell (Nursing) by Rhonda Lawes is from the course Respiratory Medications (Nursing).

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. Treat the bronchoconstriction
    2. Treat the excess mucus
    3. Treat the inflammation
    4. Identify what triggered the attack

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     Rhonda Lawes

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    By Karen A. on 20. February 2021 for Medications for Asthma: In a Nutshell (Nursing)

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