The nurse is assessing a patient with asthma for signs of worsening disease. Which of the following would indicate that the patient's asthma exacerbation is worsening?


•Breaths sounds that become increasingly diminished indicates that a severe obstruction is present and risk of respiratory failure is high.

•Wheezes can occur during all asthma exacerbations, regardless of severity.

•Less than 80% of predicted forced expiratory volume is indicative of moderate to severe asthma, but this information does not indicate worsening exacerbation.

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