Simple facts about Heart and Lungs
The heart and lungs work together. The heart depends on the lungs
for oxygen rich blood and the lungs depend on the heart to pump
the oxygenated blood around the body.
Respiratory distress may occur if the lungs are deprived of adequate
oxygenation. Causes include but are not confined to:
COPD, ARDS and trauma.
Intubation and mechanical ventilation may be required for the patient
in respiratory distress.
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CHEST PAIN ASSESSMENT
It is important for the nurse to remember that chest pain should be assessed.
Chest pain may be severe and stabbing, or like a pair of hands squeezing the
chest and may even seem like pressure or heaviness in the chest.
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Sessions 42 Cardiac Assessment
CARDIOPULMONARY ARREST (CODE BLUE)
A cardiopulmonary arrest can happen anywhere. This means the heart has stopped
beating and there is a need for immediate intervention. Trained staff members are usually assigned to respond to this situation called a Code Blue.
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What does hemodynamics mean?
Hemodynamics refers to blood flow.
The heart is a pump which pumps blood around the body.
If there is damage like a myocardial infarction (MI).
The heart’s function will be impaired.
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