Please help!! nursing significance of abnormal chest xray

  1. What would the nursing significance of an X-ray which findings are consistent with COPD? Thanks in advance for any help
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  3. by   TheAmazingMrsA
    Not sure what you're asking for with "nursing significance". Are you looking for nursing diagnoses to go with COPD, because you just need to look up NANDA diagnoses if that's what you're looking for.
  4. by   nynursey_
    I agree with the poster above. The nursing significance of an abnormal chest x-ray could be the potential for ineffective gas exchange or ineffective airway clearance. It basically impairs the human need for breathing. And in terms of CPOD, it probably shows lung consolidation consistent with other data such as ronchi and tachypnea, etc.
  5. by   nurseprnRN
    If you have assessed your patient, THEN you look up nursing diagnoses by correlating the defining characteristics with your assessment findings. You don't pull nursing diagnoses off a list based on a medical diagnosis, or a chest x-ray.

    The significance of abnl findings on a COPD chest x-ray have more to do with the medical diagnosis than the nursing diagnosis. I don't believe you'll find chest x-ray on the list of defining characteristics for nursing diagnoses you might see in the COPD patient, though if you have perused your NANDA-I 2012-2014 and find some, I am very happy to be corrected.