Below is a summary of Mike’s EHR activity during his first few minutes in the ED. As a laboratory or radiology technologist, you are responsible for obtaining and providing test results to assist the physician in diagnosing Mike’s condition. Using his EHR, Virtual Physical Exam (VPE) and Internet research, answer the questions and be prepared to discuss the responses with the rest of Mike’s health care team.
Review Mike’s ED EHR: The laboratory results are quickly shown as normal or abnormal in the EHR. Which tests are abnormal?
Review Mike’s VPE: A BNP blood test is ordered for Mike. Use VPE to explain what BNP measures and why this test is ordered?
Review Mike’s VPE: How will Mike’s physician use his echocardiogram with ejection fraction, chest X-ray and blood test results to determine if he is suffering from congestive heart failure or a heart attack?