The nurse is administering inhalation therapy to a child with pneumonia. Inhalation therapy is expected to achieve which of these effects?


• Inhalation therapy, depending on the medication used, will reduce the viscosity of secretions and promote the action of cilia. This will promote gas exchange in the alveoli.

• Inhalation therapy can also dilate the airway and reduce inflammation.

• The susceptibility to pneumonia is affected by the viscosity of mucous gland secretions in the respiratory tract.

• Inhalation therapy does not strengthen the diaphragm or increase the use of intercostal muscles.

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