discussion on asthma
Complications of asthma can be sudden. Consider the case of Bradley Wilson, a young boy
who had several medical conditions. He appeared in good health when he went to school,
returned home, and ate dinner. However, when he later went outside to play, he came back
inside wheezing. An ambulance took him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead
(Briscoe, 2012). In another case, 10-year-old Dynasty Reese, who had mild asthma, woke up in
the middle of the night and ran to her grandfather’s bedroom to tell him she couldn’t breathe. By
the time paramedics arrived, she had passed out and was pronounced dead at the hospital
(Glissman, 2012). These situations continue to outline the importance of recognizing symptoms
of asthma and providing immediate treatment, as well as distinguishing minor symptoms from
serious, life-threatening symptoms. Since these symptoms and attacks are often induced by a
trigger, as an advanced practice nurse, you must be able to help patients identify their triggers
and recommend appropriate treatment options. For this reason, you need to understand the
pathophysiological mechanisms of chronic asthma and acute asthma exacerbation.
Write a 3- 4 page paper that addresses the following:
Describe the pathophysiological mechanisms of chronic asthma and
acute asthma exacerbation.
Explain the changes in the arterial blood gas patterns during an
Explain how the factor you selected might impact the
pathophysiology of both disorders.
Describe how you would diagnose and prescribe treatment for a
patient based on the factor you selected. (genetics, gender, ethnicity,
age, or behavior)
Construct two mind maps—one for chronic asthma and one for acute
asthma exacerbation. Include the epidemiology, pathophysiology, and
clinical presentation, as well as the diagnosis and treatment you
explained in the paper.
Paper must include
Purpose of the paper