Nursing interventions to prevent respiratory complications

    • Nursing interventions to prevent respiratory complications
      • Proper patient positioning 
        • Lateral “recovery” position
        • Once conscious – supine position
      • Oxygen therapy
      • Coughing and deep breathing
      • Incentive spirometer
      • Sustained maximal inspiration
      • Change patient position every 1 to 2 hours
      • Early mobilization
      • Pain management
      • Adequate hydration
        • Parenteral or oral
      • Chest physical therapy
      • Splinting with a pillow or blanket
    • Respiratory Nursing diagnosis
      • Ineffective airway clearance related to ineffective cough, obstruction, pain
      • Ineffective breathing pattern related to anesthetic agents, pain, use of opioids
      • Impaired gas exchange related to hypoventilation
      • Risk for aspiration
      • Potential complications: pneumonia, atelectasis