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Question 1 of 30
A patient receiving mechanical ventilation has increased peak inspiratory pressures, coarse rhonchi, and a fever. What should the respiratory therapist recommend?
- Sputum culture and gram stain
- Increase the tidal volume
- Chest physiotherapy
- Spontaneous breath trial
- Correct. The patient’s fever and coarse rhonchi may indicate the presence of an infection. A sputum culture and gram stain will identify if there is gram positive, or gram negative bacteria present in the sputum.
- Increasing the tidal volume will not address the patient’s increased peak airway pressures, airway secretions, and fever.
- Chest physiotherapy may help if there is difficulty removing secretions. However, secretions alone are not an indication to begin chest physiotherapy.
- There is no evidence from the information given in the question that a spontaneous breathing trial is indicated.