Respiratory Emergencies > Overview
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This module provides information on the common respiratory emergencies encountered in the emergency department and possibly in critical care. Pediatric respiratory emergencies such as airway obstructions, asthma, and Status Asthmaticus, as well as cricothyroidotomies and tracheostomies performed in cases of severe trauma, respiratory distress, and sepsis are included in this module.

Learning Objectives

After completing this module the nurse should be able to:

  • Explain the difference between respiratory distress and respiratory failure
  • Identify signs and symptoms that can be observed with respiratory distress explaining the physiologic reason for each sign
  • Explain the pediatric assessment triangle (PAT) and its role in initial assessment
  • Identify common pediatric respiratory presentations to the emergency room
  • Discuss the nursing implication for the child who presents to the emergency room with respiratory distress or failure
  • Formulate a nursing care plan that can be implemented for a child with respiratory distress including the rationale for care
  Click here to view the references used in the respiratory emergencies module and a list of suggested readings.
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