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NCLEX®-PN Exam Prep, Third Edition by Clara Hurd, Diann Sloan, Wilda Rinehart

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Chapter 5. Care of the Client with Respiratory Disorders

According to the Centers for Disease Control (2010), lung disease is the third leading cause of death in persons 35–65 years of age living in the United States. It is estimated that more than 35 million Americans live with chronic lung disease. Some of these diseases, such as asbestosis, are the result of occupational exposure and carry associated risks for lung cancer. Respiratory infections, particularly nosocomial pneumonia, are responsible for many of the hospital-acquired infections. This chapter covers common noninfectious disorders that contribute to chronic lung disease, occupational lung disorders, infectious diseases of the lower respiratory tract, acute respiratory disorders ...

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