Respiratory Management Of ALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

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The Respiratory Management of Motor Neuron Disease brings together the latest research, expert opinions, and treatment options for respiratory symptom management. It provides a detailed, step-by-step approach to assessment of upper and lower airway structures and how motor neuron loss impairs function. Treatment options emphasize symptom management and enhanced quality of life. Palliative care, end-of-life decision making, and long term mechanical ventilation in patients with MND/ALS are included.This textbook encourages critical thinking through 1) inclusion of researchable questions at the end of chapters, and 2) discussion of different approaches to patient assessment and symptom management when medical evidence is lacking. Students will be encouraged to use their understanding of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, lung expansion and secretion mobilization techniques to review, support or challenge current practices in MND/ALS.

Respiratory therapy students, respiratory care practitioners, nurses in neurology clinics, primary care physicians, and pulmonologists whose practice includes patients with motor neuron disease will all benefit from the detailed review of bulbar and thoracic muscles, loss of function, and treatment recommendations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763755454
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 1/16/2009
  • Edition description: 1E
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Overview: Definition, Epidemiology, History 1

Ch. 2 Neuroanatomy and Respiratory Physiology 27

Ch. 3 The Upper Airway 43

Ch. 4 The Lower Airway 63

Ch. 5 Clinical Respiratory Assessment of ALS 81

Ch. 6 Pulmonary Function and Respiratory Assessment of Neuromuscular Patients: Objective Measures of Lung Function 111

Ch. 7 Volume Expansion, Secretion Mobilization, and Cough Assistance in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis 131

Ch. 8 Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation 153

Ch. 9 Tracheostomy and Mechanical Ventilation 177

Ch. 10 Home Care of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Patient 197

Ch. 11 Palliative Care and End-of-Life Care 211

Resources 241

Index 251

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