Older Adult Respiratory Assessment

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Although the assessment procedure for older adults is similar to the one used for younger adults, there are some physiological differences between the two age groups that should be considered.

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When presented with a critically ill patient, it is crucial to conduct a systematic assessment of that person in order to identify and respond appropriately to any potentially life-threatening conditions.


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Abbie is a Nurse Practitioner currently working in a Specialist Allergy Clinic in Brisbane. She has been a paediatric nurse for over 20 years originally working in the UK before moving to Australia with her young family 8 years ago. Abbie has a diverse career working with some of the most vulnerable patients. She has worked in paediatric oncology , emergency and general paediatrics. She has worked for NGO's in the fields of child protection and parental support as well as currently working with re- settled refugees. Abbie is a passionate nursing advocate and has just started the new challenge of blogging.
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Sushma Adhikari
05 Apr 2023
For get knowledge and confidence
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06 Sep 2023
Short, concise
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Easy to follow
Bhawani Humagain
04 Apr 2023
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Very informative article
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09 Oct 2021
Anthony Balm
07 Apr 2020
great refresher - thank you
06 Apr 2020
To build up more my confidence with respiratory assessments at work place and be aware of it.
Rosy Ali
17 May 2023
Good information
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Inga Parks
06 Apr 2020
Great consice general information about lung function - very helpful and worthwhile reading.
Larissa Duckett
07 Aug 2021
Great article.
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