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The purpose of this assignment is to apply pulmonary pathophysiological concepts to explain assessment findings of a patient with respiratory disease. Students will examine all aspects of the patient’s assessment including: Chief Complaint (CC), History of Present Illness (HPI), Past Medical History (PMH), Family History (FH), Social History (SH), Review of Systems (ROS), and Medications and then answer the questions that follow on the provided Comprehensive Case Study template.

Activity Learning Outcomes

Through this assignment, the student will demonstrate the ability to:

Examine the case scenario and analyze the spirometry results to determine the most likely respiratory diagnosis. (CO1)
Explain the pathophysiology of the respiratory disease. (CO1)
Differentiate between subjective and objective findings which support the chosen diagnosis. (CO4)
Apply evidence-based practice guidelines to classify the severity of the respiratory disorder and employ an appropriate treatment plan. (CO1, CO5)
Due Date

Sunday by 11:59 PM MT of Week 3

Total Points Possible

This assignment is worth 100 points.

Preparing the Assignment


Content Criteria:

Read the case study listed below.
Refer to the rubric for grading requirements.
Utilizing the Week 3 Case Study Template, provide your responses to the case study questions listed below.
You must use at least one scholarly reference to provide pathophysiology statements. For this class, use of the textbook for pathophysiology statements is acceptable. You may also use an appropriate evidence-based journal.
You must use the current Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) for the management and prevention of COPD (GOLD Criteria) to answer the classification of severity and treatment recommendation questions. The most current guideline may be found at the following web address: At the website, locate the current year’s CPG and download a personal copy for use. You may also use a medication administration reference such as Epocrates to provide medication names.
Proper APA format (in-text citations, reference page, spelling, English language, and grammar) must be used.
Case Study Scenario

Chief Complaint
A.C., is a 61-year old male with complaints of shortness of breath.

History of Present Illness

A.C. was seen in the emergency room 1 week ago for an acute onset of mid-sternal chest pain. The event was preceded with complaints of fatigue and increasing dyspnea for 3 months, for which he did not seek care. He was evaluated by cardiology and underwent a successful and uneventful angioplasty prior to discharge. Despite the intervention, the shortness of breath has not improved. Since starting cardiac rehabilitation, he feels that his breathlessness is worse. The cardiologist has requested that you, his primary care provider, evaluate him for further work-up. Prior to today, his last visit with your practice was 3 years ago when he was seen for acute bronchitis and smoking cessation counseling.

Past Medical History 

Atherosclerotic coronary artery disease
Family History

Father deceased of acute coronary syndrome at age 65
Mother deceased of breast cancer at age 58. 
One sister, alive, who is a 5 year breast cancer survivor.
One son and one daughter with no significant medical history. 
Social History

35 pack-year smoking history; he has cut down to one cigarette at bedtime following his cardiac intervention. 
Denies alcohol or recreational drug use 
Real estate agent  


No Known Drug Allergies 

Rosuvastatin 20 mg once daily by mouth 
Carvedilol 25 mg twice daily by mouth
Hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg once daily by mouth
Aspirin 81mg daily by mouth
Review of Systems

Constitutional: Denies fever, chills or weight loss. + Fatigue.
HEENT: Denies nasal congestion, rhinorrhea or sore throat.  
Chest: + dyspnea with exertion. Denies productive cough or wheezing. + Dry, nonproductive cough in the AM.
Heart: Denies chest pain, chest pressure or palpitations.
Lymph: Denies lymph node swelling.
General Physical Exam  

Constitutional: Alert and oriented male in no apparent distress.  
Vital Signs: BP-120/84, T-97.9 F, P-62, RR-22, SaO2: 93% 
Wt. 180 lbs., Ht. 5’9″

Eyes: Pupils equal, round and reactive to light and accommodation, normal conjunctiva. 
Ears: Tympanic membranes intact. 
Nose: Bilateral nasal turbinates without redness or swelling. Nares patent. 
Mouth: Oropharynx clear. No mouth lesions. Dentures well-fitting. Oral mucous membranes dry. 
Neck/Lymph Nodes 

Neck supple without JVD. 
No lymphadenopathy, masses or carotid bruits. 

Bilateral breath sounds clear throughout lung fields. + Bilaterally wheezes noted with forced exhalation along with a prolonged expiratory phase. No intercostal retractions.

S1 and S2 regular rate and rhythm, no rubs or murmurs. 
Integumentary System 

Skin cool, pale and dry. Nail beds pink without clubbing.  
Chest X-Ray 

Lungs are hyper-inflated bilaterally with a flattened diaphragm. No effusions or infiltrates.

Title Predicted Pre-bronchodilator % Predicted Post-bronchodilator % Predicted Change

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