Below is a summary of Rob’s EHR activity during the first day of his five day stay in the hospital. As a nurse, you are responsible for gathering Rob’s family and health history and obtaining, reading and monitoring his vital signs. Using this EHR and Internet research, answer the questions and be prepared to discuss the responses with the rest of Rob’s healthcare team.
Internet Research: You see that the physician has ordered a lung biopsy and sputum cytology. Because the physician only talked to Rob for a short time, it is your responsibility to explain these procedures to Rob. What information do you provide him?
Review Rob’s Inpatient EHR: What do Rob’s tests reveal?
Internet Research: Rob knows that a mass has been found on the right lobe of his lungs and that it could be cancer. What will you tell Rob about the disease and treatment that could include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation?
Review Rob’s Inpatient EHR: Listed on his EHR, what is Rob’s blood pressure when he is admitted as an inpatient?
Internet Research: Should Rob need chemotherapy, how can the chemotherapy medications and having high blood pressure impact his health?