care plan for ineffective airway clearance

  1. can anyone help I need a careplan for ineffective airway for patient who has chest tube:spin:
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  3. by   sabj04
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    can anyone help I need a careplan for ineffective airway for patient who has chest tube:spin:
  4. by   donsterRN
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    You should look in your careplan textbook. Ineffective airway clearance is well represented there.

    What have you got so far?
  5. by   Silverdragon102
    We can't do your homework for you but can support you in what you have done up to now, check out the student forum

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  6. by   Daytonite
    i understand you "need" a careplan for ineffective airway clearance. however, if you were expecting to find one to copy and use, forget it. you have to make your own careplan. that's how this careplan thing works. each careplan is customized and unique for each patient.

    now, the way you go about this is you follow the nursing process. i'm curious as to how you decided your patient has ineffective airway clearance to begin with. how did you come to that decision?

    there is a step-by-step process to writing a care plan. these are the steps:
    1. assessment (collect data)
    2. nursing diagnosis (group your assessment data, match your abnormal assessment data with likely nursing diagnoses, decide on the nursing diagnosis to use)
    3. planning (write measurable goals/outcomes and nursing interventions)
    4. implementation (initiate the care plan)
    5. evaluation (determine if goals/outcomes have been met)
    what is your assessment data that leads you to the conclusion that your patient in unable to clear the secretions from/or that secretions are blocking their airway? without that information, your care plan is going no further because all your goals and nursing interventions are going to be based upon that data. you see, every patient is unique, so their assessment data will be unique. for this reason their careplan will be unique and customized.

    here is information about the nursing diagnosis of ineffective airway clearance, but it's not going to be of much help to you without that assessment data: [color=#3366ff]ineffective airway clearance and

    you can find information about writing care plans on these two threads:
    if you are still having trouble with developing this care plan i will help you, but i need to know, first of all, what your patient's abnormal assessment data is. the kinds of symptoms i would expect to see in someone who is having trouble with secretions blocking their airway are:
    • adventitious breath sounds (wheezes, rhonchi)
    • diminished breath sounds
    • dyspnea
    • coughing up of excessive amounts of sputum
    • not being able to cough effectively
    • difficulty talking due to secretions in the airway
    • tachypnea
    • orthopnea
    • restlessness