Breathing - Assisting a family member

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Assisting a family member

Assisting a family member

To breathe

The need to breathe Detecting the respiratory rhythm The environment Oxygen therapy Aerosol therapy Nasal drops Respiratory exercises: dyspnoea and anxiety Tracheostomy and breathing Smoking: favoring its cessation
  • The need to breathe
  • Detect the respiratory rate
  • The environment
  • Oxygen therapy
  • aerosol Therapy
  • Nasal drops
  • Respiratory exercises: dyspnoea and anxiety
  • Tracheostomy and breathing
  • Smoking: favoring its cessation

The need to breathe

Respiratory activity is an involuntary action that allows you to take in the oxygen necessary for the body's fundamental processes and to expel what is no longer needed (carbon dioxide); it consists of two phases: inspiration and expiration. During the inspiratory phase air is introduced into the lungs, while in the expiratory phase it is eliminated. Being an involuntary act, the active participation of the individual is not required, but in some cases it is possible to increase its activity (hyperventilation). There are many pathologies affecting the respiratory tree (asthma, emphysema, pneumonia, to name just a few) and all are capable of affecting oxygenation in various ways; in some cases they can trigger or amplify rather unpleasant emotional states, such as anxiety, or lead, in severe forms, to mental confusion. Knowing some fundamental concepts is essential to be able to untangle oneself in times when agitation takes over, both in the sick and in relatives or friends who work in the care.

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