Below is a summary of Brittany’s EHR activity during her first hour in the ED. As a laboratory or radiology technologist, you are responsible for obtaining and providing test results to assist the physician in diagnosing Brittany’s condition. Using her EHR, Virtual Physical Exam (VPE) and Internet research, answer the questions and be prepared to discuss the responses with the rest of Brittany’s healthcare team.
Review Brittany’s VPE: Brittany’s results must be obtained quickly. The physician orders an X-ray and CT scan of her head and spine. Using VPE, describe the difference between the tests.
Review Brittany’s ED EHR: In addition to the images ordered by the physician, he also orders a drug screen and pregnancy test. Using her EHR, what do these results show?
Internet Research: Why were they ordered?
Review Brittany’s ED EHR: The physician orders a blood typing test. Using her EHR, what is Brittany’s blood type?
Internet Research: Should she need a blood transfusion, what type of blood can she receive?
Internet Research: What would happen if she received the wrong type of blood?