Respiratory Question #16
During the admission assessment, a hospitalized client with pneumonia is questioning the health care provider’s order for bedrest. Which statement by the nurse best explains the reason for the bed rest order?
- “Bedrest will reduce the demand for oxygen.”
- “Bedrest will help you cough and deep breath better.”
- “Bedrest will help ease pain on coughing.”
- “Bedrest will give you a needed break from work and family.”
The acute phase of pneumonia requires effort to reduce oxygen demands on a cellular level which is already compromised by mucous and exudate interfering with gas exchange in the alveoli. Bedrest helps reduce the demand. Although reducing demand for oxygen may allow for better exchange for adequate coughing and deep breathing, it will not be the reason for coughing and deep breathing. Bedrest will not necessarily ease pain on coughing and is not designed to be a break from family and friends.
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