Respond to the question using the lessons and vocabulary found in the readings. Support your answers with examples and research. Your responses should clarify your understanding of the topic. They should be your own, original, and free from plagiarism. Follow APA format for writing style, spelling and grammar, and citation of at least 3 sources.
Based on this clinical vignette answer the questions.
CH is a sixty-three-year-old man who has had emphysema problems for many years. History: He smoked for twenty years before quitting.
The nurse meets CH for the first time. In performing a physical assessment, the healthcare provider would expect CH to have a barrel configuration to the chest.
What is the underlying pathological process that contributed to the barrel chest configuration?
Lab values were drawn during the last physician visit;
Would you expect arterial gases to be normal or abnormal?
Identify the pathological process involved in all of your responses.
CH and other patients with emphysema are at risk for what complications because of the pathologic process of their disease?