Medical Condition Overview

Sometimes it helps to know more about the medical condition behind the problem. Knowing how the medical condition is different from normal makes symptoms easier to recognize as they develop. Furthermore, once you realize what is wrong and how it differs from normal, you can formulate an action plan to correct the problem. Finally, knowing what to do, what works most often, and what other options might be available if the initial plan doesn’t work gives the caregiver more options to help their family member recover.

Anatomy of the normal respiratory system

Respiratory Function

Breathing is essential to life. It’s, therefore, important for caregivers to know how to support family members who struggle to get adequate oxygen, who need help clearing their airway, or who suddenly stop breathing. Techniques for helping to improve and manage breathing difficulties in various ways build confidence in a caregiver’s ability to manage safety at home.

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