# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Respiratory Therapy II Task 1423769749

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Identify signs and symptoms of respiratory distress.

Definition

Identification should include
  • increased work of breathing
  • use of accessory muscles
  • nasal flaring
  • altered mental status
  • diaphoresis
  • abnormal breathing patterns
  • respiratory rate
  • apnea
  • noisy breathing (e.g., stridor, grunting)
  • agitation
  • prolonged exhalation
  • pursed-lip breathing.

Process/Skill Questions

  • What are the components of an initial assessment for a patient in respiratory distress?
  • What is the effect of purse-lipped breathing in respiration?
  • What is stridor? When is it heard?

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