Acute Upper Respiratory Infection Education Plan
Upper respiratory infections are examples of the various infections affecting humans in the Unites States. The infection is known to affect children and adults over various ages with the pre-disposing factor being viruses that infect the pharynx (Loo 450). Acute upper respiratory infections tend to be mild in nature depending on the degree of infection where individuals infected with the virus causing organism having certain symptoms such as sneezing, coughing and ear pain with high body temperatures. In as much as such an infection would be dangerous especially to small children, it is a recommended practice that both adhere to medication as may be prescribed by a doctor. This would be in the form of prescriptive drug therapies or non-prescriptive drug therapies, to reduce transmission and reoccurrences.
Prescriptive drug therapy for acute upper respiratory infection
The symptoms of the infection indicate that the infection has been caused by a virus, with the period being short. In regard to the external examination carried out, together with the appearance of the child, there is a likelihood that the infection will reduce even as the family goes for a trip hence the need to prescribe a drug to help stabilize the condition of the child.
In order to suppress the symptoms and to treat the infection, the child would be put on therapy involving a combination of drugs to suppress the condition.
Antihistamine and decongestants: The combination of these drugs would help reduce congestion on the throat hence would reduce instances of mucus buildup.
Vitamins (C and plenty of water)
Vitamin C would help suppress the condition while plenty of fluids such as water would also reduce the condition.
However, in as much as Mr. Smith would request to use antibiotics in the treatment of Upper respiratory tract infections, it has never been proven to work, and a word of caution would be not to encourage the excessive use of antibiotics in treating URI (“Upper Respiratory Infections”).
In addition to this, it would be advisable for Mr. Smith to postpone the Journey to help the child recover especially if the antibiotics prescribed would not be effective.
Non-prescriptive drug therapies
Non-prescriptive therapy most of the times will help assess how a patient is reacting to medication given. Non-prescriptive therapy ensures that the affects of drugs are minimal and incase the symptoms emerge, a nurse in charge may offer first aid to reduce such negative occurrences since it affects with normal breathing (“What Is Acute Respiratory Infection?”).
In-case there is a resurgence of an attack; these should be done to help the victim
- Assess the child’s breathing system including the air ways, breathing and pulse to assess whether there is difficulty in breathing.
- In-case you notice the above, loosen any tight clothing on the child’s body.
- Administer an inhaler to aid the child to breather in order to resume normal breathing process (“Upper Respiratory Infection”).
- If the above procedures do not give a positive result, suck the child to allow some air to force through the lungs. This would help the child gain the normal breathing rate.
- A guide on the therapy based modes of treatment should be in plan to help the person administering the treatment to give acceptable medication.
- In instances of Acute Respiratory Infection, travelling need to be discouraged to help patients to recover.
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