Below is a summary of Stewart’s electronic health record (EHR) activity during his 10-day stay in the hospital. As a nurse, in addition to getting Stewart prepared for the tests and procedures ordered by the physician, you are responsible for obtaining, reading and monitoring his vital signs. Using his EHR and Internet research, answer the questions and be prepared to discuss the responses with the rest of Stewart’s healthcare team.
Internet Research: Even though he has been prescribed Metformin and has an insulin pump, you notice that based on his Hgb A1c results, Stewart has not been regulating his blood glucose. Why is it dangerous that Stewart does not control his type 2 diabetes?
Review Stewart’s Inpatient EHR: You review Stewart’s Lipid Panel results. What do these results indicate? Results in red are above normal, while results in blue are below normal.
Internet Research: What are the possible effects of high cholesterol and high blood sugar on Stewart’s health?
Internet Research: Stewart will have a CT scan and arteriogram of his leg. You also prepare him for a Doppler ultrasound. What is this?
Review Stewart’s Inpatient EHR: What do the results of Stewart’s CT scan, arteriogram and Doppler ultrasound indicate?