Respiratory Disorder (Asthma, COPD, Emphysema)
Observing Respiratory Disorder (Asthma, COPD, Emphysema) in the Classroom
Faculty might observe the following characteristics in students with respiratory disorders:
- Might be absent more frequently than other students
- Might use an inhaler or supplemental oxygen
- Might have difficulty with stairs or vigorous physical activity
- May need to avoid contracting colds or viruses
- The Ohio State University Medical Center: Lung Disorders
- Mayo Clinic - Asthma
- National Institute of Health - COPD
Related Functional Characteristics
Allergies : Respiratory disorders are often triggered by environmental, pollen or food allergies.
Breathing Difficulty : Students with respiratory conditions such as asthma or emphysema are sensitive to cold, humidity and chemicals.
Chemical Sensitivity : Low levels of certain chemicals (e.g. bleach, pesticides) or exhaust fumes can trigger breathing difficulty in students with respiratory disorders as their lungs have been scarred and are more sensitive.
Climate Sensitivity : High humidity and extreme cold cause difficulty for students with respiratory disorders.
Fatigue (Physical) : Students with a respiratory disorder may experience physical fatigue due to sufficient oxygen intake.
Susceptibility to Infection : Students who have respiratory disorders are vulnerable to infection and viruses especially of the respiratory system.
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