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Managing Dyspnea Reading

Required reading from Campbell and Weissman.
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  • Wayne State University nurse scientist Margaret Campbell, an expert in dyspnea assessment and end-of-life treatment, has helped shape the care provided to dying patients. Dr. Campbell’s current research focuses on dyspnea assessment and treatment among patients nearing death, including those in the acute and critical care setting. Her research established that the use of oxygen in the face of no respiratory distress is a non-beneficial, yet commonly employed intervention during a patient’s last hours. She also demonstrated that patients displaying death rattle do not experience respiratory distress and, thus, pharmacological treatment is not indicated. She also developed and tested the Respiratory Distress Observation Scale (RDOS), the only known instrument to assess respiratory distress when the patient cannot provide a dyspnea self-report, including acutely and critically ill patients and those at the end of life. The RDOS has been translated into several languages and is in wide use among clinical sites globally to guide patient assessment and treatment.
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