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Discuss the cultural considerations for clients with chronic bronchitis related to history of cigarette smokingAs a nurse we have to put aside our cultural beliefs or values and treat our patients with no bias or judgment As caregiver we know that cigarette smoking is the number one risk factor for developing chronic bronchitis This does not mean that our patients stop smoking because smoking can lead them to COPD or even have the knowledge of the consequence of smoking Mr K is 76 years old man who has been smoking his whole life For him this is part of his lifestyle or culture Smoking cigarette has been part of his life and something that makes him happy If you advise some people who have a long history of smoking to quit smoking for the purpose of their health they would tell you what is the point of being healthy and living a long life if you are not happy The smoking habit is accepted by Mr Ks cultural believes and his age group of people As a nurse we have to respect their decision even if we do not agree with them and offer the care that they needDiscuss specific criteria used to diagnose chronic bronchitisIn order to diagnose chronic bronchitis the first thing we have to do is a complete health history and physical examination According to Health Guide To be diagnosed with chronic bronchitis the cough and excessive mucus production must have occurred for 3 months or more in at least 2 consecutive years and not be due to any other disease or condition Kasufman 2006 Some of the tests that are conducted to diagnose chronic bronchitis are Pulmonary Function Testing PFT that measures the airflow and volume of air in your lungs peak flow monitoring PFM that measures the fastest speed in that a person can blow air out of the lungs chest x-ray arterial blood gas ABG and sputum examination
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