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.