Ok, I know the 2 most common respiratory related complications from abdominal surgery are atelectasis & pneumonia. I keep reading my books, but none of them go into detail enough to really understand the difference in treatment of the two and how to tell the difference. I've looked online and all I find is conflicting information. Please help! I know it's probably very simple and right in my face.. but I'm missing it.
Atelectasis is like when the lung colapses (when it cant inflate)
- here is some easy terms info on it
pneumonia is an infection of the lungs
- here is easy info on that
they are 2 totally different things, so they are treated differently, although you might see some common symptoms, but that is because they both happen on the lung, as per say, shortness of breath!!
Last edit by 9livesRN on Oct 15, '09
: Reason: more info for you!