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END OF LIFE CARE

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At some point Advance Practice Nurses care for patients that are dying.

Holistic end of life care is an important goal for healthcare providers.

Please choose a common symptom in patients in end of life and discuss a culturally sensitive management plan of care.

must include 350 words with 3 intext citations no older than 3 years

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Joe Clark, 79 years of age, is a male patient who is receiving hospice care for his terminal illnesses that include lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He developed bilateral pleural effusion (fluid that accumulates in the pleural space of each lung), which has compromised his lung expansion. He states that he is short of breath and feels anxious that the next breath will be his last. The patient is admitted to the hospital for a thoracentesis (an invasive procedure used to drain the fluid from the pleural space so the lung can expand). The thoracentesis is being used as a palliative measure to relieve the discomfort he is experiencing. Low dose morphine is ordered to provide relief from dyspnea or discomfort. The patient is prescribed Proventil (albuterol) inhaler 2 puffs per day, as needed, and Flovent (fluticasone propionate) inhaler 2 puffs twice a day. The patient has 2 L/min of oxygen ordered per nasal cannula as needed for comfort. (Learning Objective 9)

a. What nursing measures should the nurse use to manage the patient’s dyspnea?

  1. The patient complains that he has no appetite and  struggles to eat and breathe. What nursing measures should the nurse implement to manage this physiologic response to the terminal illnesses?

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