Quality care or diagnosis and treatment facility must be well organized for providing effective services. Such a system should have an objective and practical approach, using the latest technology and available resources for diagnosis and treatment of a patient. The objective of such a system is to make sure that the right treatment is provided in the right setting, at the right time to a patient who requires it. It is also meant to offer services that are not only cost-effective but also to prevent or mitigate any further damage caused to a patient by the misdiagnosis and treatment in a certain health center.
Medical diagnosis is the first step towards treatment. It is the first step, because otherwise no patient can get started on the path of recovery. It is also the only step, because otherwise no one would be able to diagnose and treat his or her specific condition. It is also often called clinical diagnosis, with the clinical context being implicit too. What makes this significant is that the cystic fibrosis and related conditions have symptoms that are similar to those of other health conditions. Thus, a common diagnostic approach may yield a series of inappropriate tests that provide a negative result.
Cystic fibrosis is a unique disorder, the cause of which is yet to be established. Some patients with cystic fibrosis do not even have symptoms. Others, however, suffer from very serious and life-threatening respiratory conditions, such as emphysema and chronic obstruction of the airways. In these conditions, a patient’s ability to take in sufficient oxygen is obstructed, causing him or her to gasp or froth water. Treatment must involve very high levels of complexity to bring these persons back into a functional state.
This is where lung specialists can be valuable. They are well trained to diagnose the symptoms of cystic fibrosis and to care for them. In some cases, bronchodilators and steroids may be needed. The goal is to make the lungs more efficient at trapping oxygen and removing carbon dioxide. This care is needed even when symptoms are not present, to prevent serious complications from occurring.
A lung specialist can offer other services to patients who don’t yet have the need for additional treatment. He or she may instruct the right diet and nutrition to improve the quality of life. He or she might instruct the right breathing exercises, as well. These are necessary to improve the quality of life for patients with cystic fibrosis, as well as for their family members. Breathing problems can lead to serious complications, including death, so good care must be administered.
When symptoms of cystic fibrosis are present, prevention is always better than cure. If you smoke, quit. If you are under the influence of drugs, detoxify. Participate in stress-reduction activities such as yoga or meditation. Try to keep your lungs healthy and clean. These things alone can keep cystic fibrosis symptoms in check and prevent serious illness.
The lungs of patients with cystic fibrosis may not appear normal during a lung function test or spirometry, so spirometry referred to as the masticatory reserve has to be undertaken. The test involves injecting the patient with a solution that will cause a change in his or her breathing. This force is used to measure the amount of oxygen carried by the lungs. A patient with severe symptoms should never undergo spirometry without a diagnosis and treatment plan in place, because the test could worsen symptoms.
Lung function tests called spirometry can also reveal unusual amounts of mucus in the lungs. This is caused by fluid that builds up in the lungs. Diagnosis and treatment plan should include ways to clear this mucus. Mucus can decrease the efficiency of the lungs’ air-flow, cause difficulty breathing, coughing, sore throat, pain in the chest and palpitations.