A nurse is assessing an adult patient in the emergency department who has a respiratory rate of 32/minute. Which of the following are potential causes of tachypnea? Select all that apply.


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- Patient pain

- Drug overdose

- Electrolyte imbalance

- Increased intracranial pressure

- Stress


There are numerous reasons why a patient may be breathing at a faster rate than normal. The patient may be anxious, fearful, stressed, or in pain, among many other potential situations. If the nurse assesses that the patient has tachypnea, she should first check for causative factors. Drug overdoses have bradypnea and electrolytes imbalance doesn't effect the respiratory rate. Depending on the area of the brain, an increase in ICP can can either tachypnea or bradypnea.

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