Respiratory Question #2
The nurse begins the hospital shift by assessing a client with a diagnosis of exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The nurse expects to document which of the following expected findings of COPD? (Select all that apply)
- Increased vital capacity on pulmonary function studies
- Oxygen desaturation when ambulating with physical therapy
Clinical manifestations of COPD include hypercapnia, oxygen desaturation with exercise, use of accessory muscles for respirations, dyspnea, hyperinflated chest on x-ray, decreased vital capacity (not increased as in option B). Hematuria is not a manifestation of COPD.