APRN: Treatment Strategies for Cough Illnesses in Adults
APRN in primary care settings often encounter patients with all types of cough illnesses, including acute, subacute, and chronic conditions. Bronchitis is a symptomatic clinical condition caused by inflammation of the bronchi. In recent years, the term "cough illness" has begun to replace bronchitis, with the exception of acute bronchitis associated with viral respiratory infections and chronic bronchitis associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. There is also a growing trend to discontinue the term "acute bronchitis" and replace it with acute cough illness or chest cold as acute bronchitis is often associated with patient expectations for antibiotics. Cough illness can be further classified into acute, subacute, and chronic conditions, depending on the duration, with acute cough illnesses lasting less than 3 weeks, subacute cough illnesses lasting between 3 and 8 weeks, and chronic illnesses lasting longer than 8 weeks.
Purpose/Goal: To provide APRN with an overview of a variety of acute and subacute cough illnesses in adults.
1. Discuss the diagnosis, characteristics, and treatment of acute cough illnesses.
2. Describe the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of subacute cough illnesses.
Ann Marie Hart, PhD, FNP-BC
The planners and author(s) of this continuing nursing education activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.
Contact Hours: 2.5
Expiration Date: 12/31/2014
Pharmacology Hours: 1
Member Price: $40.00
Non-Member Price: $60.00