(I posted the following on the Pulmonary Specialist Nursing Forum a few days ago. I thought that if anyone could answer this, surely someone on that forum could. However, so far there have been 29 views but
no replies... So if anyone would like to take a shot here, please feel free.)
Could anyone explain the difference between these 3 terms?
I'm not necessarily looking for particular websites or textbook definitions, because I already know what they are. Although if you happen to know of any sites that are particularly good (ie, besides wikipedia, webmd, and all the other walmart-quality of sources out there), feel free to post them.
What I would really be interested in, though, is hearing a layman's definition from a nurse who already works with pulmonary-problem patients. ie, someone who has actual experience
, understands these term, and can do more than just quote a textbook. (Not to belabor the point, but I'm just having a hard time establishing some consistency among all the sources that I've looked at so far.)