Tutor profile: Efua O.
You are making rounds on your patients and you notice diaphoresis and slurring of speech in one patient. The patient denies any pain but states that they are dizzy. What would you do as this patient's nurse?
Check the patient's blood sugar level. If blood sugar is low (<60) notify the physician about the patient's status. While waiting, give the patient some orange juice to increase blood glucose level. Anticipate the doctor's orders to check 12lead EKG and give glucogel or D50 if the patient has IV access. Recheck the patient's blood sugar level after 15min and consider further intervention based on results.
Subject: Medical Assistant
A patient presents to the clinic complaining of a feeling of fullness of the face, warm and tender to touch. The patient reports a feeling of general malaise. The Doctor diagnoses the patient with sinusitis. How will the medical assistant function in this setting and what should he/she know about sinusitis?
The MA should check patient's temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate. The MA should know that sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus passages that may be as a result of upper airway infection.
Describe the pathway of blood in the heart.
Deoxygenated blood reaches the right atrium the inferior and superior vena cava. The tricuspid valve allows the blood to reach the right ventricle. The right ventricle pumps the blood into the pulmonary artery to the lung. In the lungs, the blood is oxygenated and carried to the left atrium via the pulmonary veins. The mitral (bicuspid) valve allows the oxygenated blood to pass into the left ventricle. The left ventricle squeezes the blood into the aorta which sends the blood to the rest of the body.
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