All I need is the air that I breathe.

The breath of life.

By Eleanor Andrews

When we speak of anatomy, one of the critical organs that comes to mind is the lungs. The lungs play a vital role in the respiratory system by facilitating the exchange of gases, ensuring that we take in oxygen and eliminate carbon dioxide. For this process to work effectively, the lungs must be able to expand and deflate, pump air in and out, and provide a vast surface area for gaseous exchange. 

The lungs’ unique shape allows them to perform this function well. However, if the function of the lungs is disrupted, it can lead to complications. For instance, it can lead to stasis if we don’t breathe appropriately or the body fails to utilise all the lung capacity effectively. 

Stasis is where there’s a disruption in the flow of air and blood, leading to a decrease in the exchange of gases. This can result in infections, loss of some alveoli, or the alveoli sticking together, which can lead to various structural changes and functional issues. 

The affected area may not be able to carry out its intended action, which can result in a range of symptoms and complications. Therefore, it’s essential to maintain proper lung function to avoid such complications, which is why our students are taught to assess and influence the respiratory system.


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