A postoperative abdominal surgery patient is receiving incentive spirometry in an attempt to prevent postoperative respiratory failure. The patient is 25 years old and weighs 70kg. The following data were collected from the patient record:
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Provide responses for the following:
Why is this patient’s lung volume decreasing?
What would you expect to hear when you auscultate this patient’s lungs?
Discuss what has occurred with the patient.
What would you recommend to the physician?