i appreciate your help, i know you have a lot going on right now and i'm keeping you in my prayers!
my follow up question is this:
i understand that you wouldnt want to push them too hard (this is actually a cancer patient that was on chemotherapy)
with that in mind, am i trying to get this patient to be able to tolerate more activity or am i trying to prevent further complications?
here is how the wkst is set up
diagnosis and goal (filled in for me)
i write the intervention
- activity intolerence r/t decreased hemoglobin and lung capacity aeb shortness of breath on exertion
- pt will exhibit no increase in sob with exertion by-----
minimize cardiovascular deconditioning by positioning the client in an upright position several times daily(from the website you posted),
then the evaluation data is given for me as well:
*able to sit in wheel chair for 30 mintues then wants to go to bed due to fatigue
*becomes extremley short of breath when he is assisted to the bathroom
after i finish the intevention, i have to fill in a box that says "what next".
since the patient isnt really doing better, is there anything more we really can do for them? i'm assuming here we are concerned about the fact he is becoming more and more activity intolerant.
i looked up the info on decreased lung function and shortness of breath in an old med-surg book i bought off of craigslist (from 2002) and it pretty much said what you had said about not wanting to push them too hard and the information for most of the lung issues was to do breating exercises and administer oxygen.
again, i appreciate all of your help and anyone elses.