2. Comprehensive Assessment and Management of Residents With COPD or Pneumonia
Sudden worsening of pulmonary symptoms can occur, and nursing staff must use critical thinking to safely manage residents with COPD or pneumonia in the SNF. Common signs and symptoms of COPD or pneumonia that place SNF residents at very high risk for rehospitalization will be discussed in this chapter, with a review of required physical examination skills. An overview of evidence-based management of residents will include diagnostics, medications, and treatments. Specific roles of interdisciplinary team members in evidence-based management of COPD and pneumonia will be examined.