As a nurse on a general medical floor, the RN has received a new admit. Review the client data provided.
• Richard Henderson
• 58 years old
• Admit diagnosis: GI bleed
• History: no surgical history
• Medical history: Gastritis & GERD
• Medications: Prilosec 40 mg PO daily, Atenolol 25 mg PO BID, Fiber daily, Alka Seltzer PO – states he takes this at least daily.
Report from physician’s office: Mr. Henderson arrived to the physician’s office today for a complaint of increasing abdominal pain. He states that he is now throwing up coffee-ground emesis. He states that he didn’t take his BP medication this morning because he was dizzy. The physician is admitting him with a diagnosis of GI bleed with an EGD scheduled for tomorrow. He is NPO, and has a 22G IV lock in the left forearm. Last set of vital signs BP 106/60 mm Hg, HR 98 beats/min, RR 20 breaths/min, Temp. 98.8 degrees F, P.O. 90% on room air. He last vomited about 45 minutes ago with a small amount of dark coffee-ground emesis. His pain is 4/10 at present. No pain medication is ordered at this time.
• Lab assessments ordered: CBC and chemistry panel
• CT of the abdomen shows no signs of free air (no perforation)
When he arrives to the floor, he is pale, nauseous, and his skin is cool and clammy. When he is transferred to the bed from the stretcher, he vomits a large amount of coffee-ground emesis and loses consciousness.
In the discussion post, address the following:
1. While receiving report, what concerns do you have regarding the client report?
2. What type of shock is occurring?
3. What stage of shock is the client experiencing?
4. What is your next intervention and why?
5. What additional lab assessments would you anticipate?
6. Provide additional thoughts and insights.
Initial post due May 18, 11:59pm. Two replies due May 20, 11:59pm.
*See discussion grading rubric. The initial posting should provide one additional resource other than the required reading. Provide at least one reference for both of the two reply posts.
Jones, D., DeVita, M., & Bellomo , R. (2011). Rapid-Response Teams. English Journal of Medicine, 365, 139-146. Retrieved from Client Safety Network.
Please make your initial post by midweek, and respond to at least two other students’ posts by the end of the week. Please check the Course Calendar for specific due dates.
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While receiving report, the following concerns regarding the client report arise:
a. Mr. Henderson has a history of gastritis and GERD, which could have contributed to his current condition.
b. He has been taking Alka Seltzer at least daily, which may have worsened his gastric bleeding.
c. Mr. Henderson missed his BP medication this morning due to dizziness, which could indicate a problem with his cardiovascular system.
d. He is pale, nauseous, and his skin is cool and clammy, indicating a potential circulatory problem.
The type of shock that is occurring in Mr. Henderson is likely hypovolemic shock. A GI bleed can result in significant blood loss and lead to hypovolemia.
Based on the client’s symptoms, the stage of shock Mr. Henderson is experiencing is likely decompensated shock. He has already lost consciousness, indicating a severe drop in blood pressure.
The next intervention would be to assess Mr. Henderson’s airway, breathing, and circulation (ABCs) and initiate appropriate measures to manage his hypovolemic shock. This could include administering intravenous fluids, oxygen, and potentially blood products.
In addition to the CBC and chemistry panel, additional lab assessments that may be anticipated include coagulation studies (e.g., PT/INR, aPTT) and a type and screen for potential blood transfusions.
It is important to consider the potential contributing factors to Mr. Henderson’s GI bleed, such as his history of gastritis and GERD, and the use of Alka Seltzer. It is also important to monitor his hemodynamic status closely and adjust interventions as necessary to prevent further deterioration. Rapid response teams (RRTs) may also be utilized to facilitate timely interventions and improve outcomes (Jones, DeVita, & Bellomo, 2011).