NURS 6512 Assignment 1: Digital Clinical Experience: Assessing The Heart, Lungs, And Peripheral Vascular System
CHIEF COMPLAINT: Shortness of Breath and cough: Assessing The Heart, Lungs, And Peripheral Vascular System
Subjective: Pt presents with complaints of shortness of breath and productive cough. Pt relates he is coughing up thick green sputum with occasional bloody sputum. Pt relates that he has increased shortness of breath with walking. Patient relates that he is also short of breath at rest. Pt also relates that he has had some chills and sweats and felt like he may have a fever. He states that he has taken Tylenol for those symptoms.
Objective: Temperature 100.9, Respiratory rate 20, Heart rate 82, Blood pressure right arm 128/70, Oxygen saturation 89% on room air, Weight 210 pounds, EKG shows normal sinus rhythm, Chest radiograph
Assessment: Skin is warm and moist. Thorax is symmetrical with diminished breath sounds with rales and expiratory wheezes throughout, negative for rhonchi. Wet productive cough noted during exam. Heart is regular sinus rhythm with rate of 82. Good S1, S2; negative S3 or S4 and negative for murmur. Abdomen protuberant with normoactive bowel sounds auscultated in all four quadrants. No pedal edema noted. 2+ dorsalis pedis pulses bilaterally. Neurologic: Patient is awake, alert and oriented to person, place and time. Chest radiograph shows infiltrate in the right middle lobe.
Priority diagnosis includes 1. Pneumonia 2. Myocardial Infarction 3. Pulmonary embolism 4. Congestive Heart Failure 5. Asthma
1. Pneumonia: The patient presents with productive cough and shortness of breath with exertion. Patient has elevated temperature and low oxygen saturations along with diminished breath sounds, rales and expiratory wheezes which are all consistent symptoms with community acquired pneumonia. (Lynn, 2017). Chest radiograph shows right middle lobe infiltrate which is also consistent with pneumonia. (Kaysin and Viera, 2016).
2. Myocardial Infarction: The patient presents with shortness of breath and low oxygen saturations. Pt states that his shortness of breath is worse with exertion but is present at rest also. Dyspnea is a frequent associated symptom with MI. (Lawesson, Thylen, Ericsson, Swahn, Isaksson and Angerud, 2018). The patient did have an EKG completed that revealed a normal sinus rhythm at a rate of 80 with no obvious signs of ectopy. Evaluation of troponin level would assist in ruling out MI as a diagnosis for this patient. (Berliner, Schneider, Welte and Bauersachs, 2016).
3. Pulmonary Embolism: Dyspnea is the primary symptom for patients with PE. (Garcia-Sanz, Pena-Alvarez, Lopez-Landeiro, Bermo-Dominguez, Fonturbel and Gonzalex-Barcala, 2014). Onset of dyspnea with PE is typically sudden and further history for this patient related to onset of symptoms. Evaluation of any extremity pain and swelling, D-dimer or chest angiography would also assist in determining if this was a more likely diagnosis. (Berliner, Schneider, Welte and Bauersachs, 2016).
4. Congestive Heart Failure: Dyspnea is also a common symptom with congestive heart failure. Fatigue, diminished exercise tolerance and fluid retention are also common symptoms of CHF. (Berliner, Schneider, Welte and Bauersachs, 2016). The patient has rales noted upon auscultation which could be consistent with congestive heart failure however coupled with the remainder of the exam including productive cough with thick green sputum and fever, CHF would not be the primary diagnosis. Further evaluation of extremities of abdomen and extremities for signs of fluid retention would be indicated as well as labs such as BNP.
5. Asthma: The patient has expiratory wheezes and shortness of breath which are both consistent with asthma; however the patient also has fever and productive cough which are not consistent asthma symptoms. (Huether and McCance, 2017).
Plan: Not indicated
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Chief Complaint: “I am having chest pain at this time”
History of Present Illness: Pleasant, Caucasian male experiencing an acute onset of sharp, constant chest pain when taking a deep breath. Denies any alleviating factors. Yesterday his wife noticed his RT leg was edematous with erythema, denies any injury. Recently he returned from a vacation with an 8-hour plane ride. The patient was not asked if his pain radiated or if he had nausea or dizziness.
Past Medical History: Denies taking any medications. Allergies, surgeries, past medical conditions “not provided.” History of cancer or deep vein thrombosis not provided.
Social History: Married
Review of symptoms:
General: Feels short of breath when taking a deep breath, also having sharp lower RT rib pain.
Cardiovascular: Experiencing tachycardia. Peripheral edema started yesterday in RT lower leg.
Pulmonary: Reports having sharp pain when taking a deep breath with no relief measures noted. Complains of dyspnea with productive hemoptysis cough this morning.
Gastrointestinal: “not provided.”
VS: BP 148/88 RT arm; P 112 and irregular; R 32 and labored; T 97.9 orally; Pulse Ox 90% on RA; His current weight is stable at 210 pounds.
General: Well-nourished, a well developed Caucasian male who is alert and cooperative. He is a good historian and answers questions appropriately. Patient sitting upright at the side of the cot appears anxious with labored breathing. Guarding noted in the anterior, distal RT rib area.
Cardiovascular: Skin is pallor, cool and diaphoretic. Heart rate is tachycardic. S1 and S2 irregular with no S3, S4, or murmur auscultated. RT calf with erythema, 2+ edema, warmth, and tender with palpation. LT leg with no edema, tenderness, or erythema noted. Bilateral 2+ dorsalis pedis pulse. Telemetry showing a sinus arrhythmia.
Gastrointestinal: Protuberant abdomen with active bowels x 4 quadrants.
Pulmonary: LT Lung clear to auscultation, RT middle and lower lobes with diminished breath sounds. No rales, rhonchi, or wheezing auscultated. Respirations labored. Respiratory excursion symmetrical.
Diagnostic results: CXR, ECG, venous doppler studies and ultrasound for DVT, V/Q scan, CT of the chest, labs- sputum culture, cardiac enzymes. Telemetry.
1.) Pulmonary Embolism
3.) Lung Cancer
4.) Myocardial Infarction
5.) Cardiac Arrythmia
P: “not required”
Evidence and Justification of Differential Diagnosis and Diagnostic Tests
Gruettner J. et al. (2015) report the Wells risk score assesses the history of a previous
DVT or PE in a patient. Assessment of tachycardia, recent surgeries or immobilization,
observation of DVT signs, an alternative diagnosis less likely than pulmonary embolism,
hemoptysis, and cancer are gathered. Each area is assigned a score and the calculated total score
interprets the probability of having a pulmonary embolism. The patient calculated score
indicated a pulmonary embolism even though the history of cancer was unknown.
The diagnostic test of a CT angiography was found to be successful in the diagnosis of a
pulmonary embolism with Gruettner J. et al. (2015) research. The D-dimer, ABG, EKG, and
computed tomography showed little value in the diagnosis (Gruettner J. et al., 2015).
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