Below is a summary of Stewart’s electronic health record (EHR) activity during his 10-day visit to the hospital. As a health coach, your job is to recommend lifestyle changes to alleviate symptoms, prevent symptoms from recurring and decrease the need for future emergency care or hospitalization. You will also provide the education Stewart needs to understand his diagnosis and the risk factors that may have caused his condition. Using Stewart’s EHR and Internet research, answer the questions and be prepared to discuss the responses with the rest of his healthcare team.
Review Stewart’s Inpatient EHR: You notice that Stewart’s blood pressure, Lipid Panel and BMI results are abnormal. What are Stewart’s results?
Internet Research: What are the normal/healthy ranges for each test?
Internet Research: The most important part of Stewart’s recovery will be centered on education. What do you tell Stewart about each problem (listed below) and how reaching and maintaining healthy levels can affect his health?
Internet Research: You also want to reiterate to Stewart about the dangers of high blood glucose and not managing his type 2 diabetes. You explain that diabetes management is more than just taking medication, eating right and exercising. He must also monitor several areas of his health and body. What other areas will Stewart (and his physician) need to monitor?