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- Patient pain
- Drug overdose
- Electrolyte imbalance
- Increased intracranial pressure
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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