Respiratory system part 1: pulmonary ventilation
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Respiratory system part 1: pulmonary ventilation

Ella McLafferty Retired, was senior lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee.
Carolyn Johnstone Lecturer in nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee.
Charles Hendry Retired, was senior lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee.
Alistair Farley Lecturer in nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee.

This article, which forms part of the life sciences series and is the first of two articles on the respiratory system, describes the anatomy of the respiratory system and explains the mechanics of respiration. It provides a brief overview of three common respiratory disorders: pneumonia, pulmonary embolism and pulmonary tuberculosis. The second article discusses gaseous exchange and the control of ventilation in more detail.

Nursing Standard. 27, 22,40-47. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.01.27.22.40.e4216

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 14 July 2010

Accepted: 03 March 2011