(Answered) NRS 410 WEEK 4 Discussion:

Use the image in “Discussion Question Resource: Chest X-Ray” to answer the following Critical Thinking Questions.

Examine the x-ray of a patient diagnosed with pneumonia due to infection with Mucor. Refer to the “Module 4 DQ Chest Xray” resource in order to complete the following questions.

Critical Thinking Questions

1. Explain what Mucor is and how a patient is likely to become infected with Mucor. Describe the pathophysiologic progression of the infection into pneumonia and at least two medical/nursing interventions that would be helpful in treating the patient.

2. Examine the laboratory blood test results and arterial blood gases provided in “Discussion Question Resource: Laboratory Blood Test Results.” What laboratory values are considered abnormal? Explain each abnormality and discuss the probable causes from a pathophysiologic perspective.

3. What medications and medical treatments are likely to be prescribed by the attending physician on this case? List at least three medications and three treatments. Provide rationale for each of the medications and treatments you suggest.


According to Hammer, Madan, and Hatabu (2018), Mucor is regarded as a life-threatening microbial genus commonly found in soils, plant surfaces, animals’ digestive systems, as well as rotten vegetables. As argued by Jung et al. (2015), Mucor is usually causative to two main infections in human beings that mostly depend on the means of exposure. These are pulmonary exposure as well as cutaneous exposure.  According to Leo, Zeh, Prothmann, Kurz, and  Grohé (2017), the pulmonary exposure typically comes from inhaling fungi pores from the environment triggering infection that develop within  lungs, face, as well as eyes.  When it comes to cutaneous exposure, it entails fungal spores entering the body through wounds or cuts on the skin. Mucor has been regarded as the cause of fungal pneumonia. …..Please click the icon below to purchase full solution at $5