Below is a summary of Dan’s EHR activity during the two hours he is in the ED. As an ED nurse, you are responsible for gathering Dan’s family and health history and obtaining, reading and monitoring his vital signs. Using his EHR, Virtual Physical Exam (VPE) and Internet research, answer the questions and be prepared to discuss the responses with the rest of Dan’s health care team.
Review Dan’s VPE: Dan needs to immediately undergo a 12-lead electrocardiogram (EKG). Using information from VPE, explain to Dan how an EKG is administered.
Review Dan’s VPE: What do Dan’s EKG result indicate?
Internet Research: The physician orders an angiography with cardiac catheterization. What is this test?
Internet Research: Why is it performed on Dan?
Review Dan’s ED EHR: You review Dan’s laboratory blood tests and notice that there are some abnormal results. List the tests with abnormal results.
Internet Research: What do these tests measure and why are Dan’s results significant?