Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS)

CASE STUDY – Paediatric

Please discuss the following:

  • The normal anatomical and physiological changes that occur for the FETUS in pregnancy at the gestation of the case
  • The usual management, both medical and nursing, of the condition recommended by the literature including journal articles, textbooks, hospital policies and clinical guidelines
  • Provide a critique of TWO recent research studies outlining current practice in relation to the management of such cases
  • Discuss any relevant assessments, examinations, investigations and other procedures that would usually be undertaken for this case scenario.
  • Make use of relevant, professional reference material throughout the assignment to provide evidence in support of your discussion on the topic of choice. NB: non-credible web references will not be accepted as appropriate, professional resources
  • Present your work in the usual written assessment format as outlined in the marking guide.

Please: Complete the additional requirements for the case study as follows:

Paediatric Case Study

James is born prematurely at 32 weeks by caesarean section. Following his mother Katelyn experiencing an antepartum haemorrhage. James weighed 2.1kgs and had Apgars of 6 at 1 minute and 7 at 10 minutes. He showed obvious signs of respiratory distress at birth. He was transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with Jason his father.

  • Outline the common respiratory conditions experienced by newborns.
  • Using the previous instructions: define and describe the condition Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS)
  • Outline the predisposing factors for this condition.
  • Describe the presenting signs and symptoms and the underlying pathophysiology.
  • Discuss the current recommended management of babies at this gestation with RDS, including observations.
  • Outline the possible complications and outcomes related to this case scenario.
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