Such patients have chronic anxiety due to their fear of breathlessness. The nurse can help by increasing the dose of antianxiety medication which improves the breathing and helps soothe the patient. The nurse can also prescribe bronchodilators as well as increase pain medication to help ease patient suffering.
Oxygen therapy is must to give patient the extra support to breath. This treatment is continued as palliative care until the patient finally takes his last breath. It is a way of easing the patients suffering so that he can spend his last days in peace.
Increasing the need for antianxiety agents-rationale: the nurse should anticipate that the physician will increase antianxiety agents during treatment to maintain comfort throughout the dying process. bronchodilators, pain medications, and home oxygen therapy help promote client comfort. therefore, they should be continued as part of palliative care. client needs category: safe, effective care environment client needs subcategory: management of care cognitive level: application reference: taylor, c., et al. fundamentals of nursing: the art and science of nursing care,6th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2008, p. 989.