Identify the four most critical elements in your physical assessment of Mr. Needaire.( 100 words)
Mr. Gordon Needaire is a 69 year old widower who has been admitted with extreme fatigue. During the second day of his hospital stay he complains that his chest hurts and he is unable to stop coughing. He develops a fever and starts getting shaking chills. His cough is productive with a consistency of yellowish thick sputum. He is unable to lie down to sleep/rest. The physician asks you to perform a head-to-toe routine assessment and to call with your findings.
1. Identify the four most critical elements in your physical assessment of Mr. Needaire.( 100 words)
Your assessment findings include these vital signs: BP 155/82, pulse 106, temp. 39.4C, oxygen saturation is 84% on room air. Upon chest auscultation, you discover decreased breath sounds in the LLL, anterior and posterior aspect of his chest. You can also hear coarse crackles in the LUL. His nail beds are dusky on fingers and toes. Mr. Needaire has never smoked in his life, has not been sexually active in over 15 years, and was monogamous with his wife. He denies allergic reaction to any medications. He has type 2 diabetes and is on Metformin.
2. Which of the findings above concern you most and why ( 50 words)
3. The physician write an order to maintain oxygen saturation levels >90%. What is the rationale for ordering his level of oxygen level( 50 words)
4. What nursing plan would be most appropriate based on the above case study so far( 150 words)
￼￼￼5. The physician orders a specimen to be drawn for blood culture. Why would this be performed in a patient who spikes a fever ( 50 words)
6. Mr. Needaire recovers from his pneumonia and is preparing for discharge from the hospital. As his nurse, what four prevention strategies in relation to the increased risk for pneumonia will you be discussing with him ( 150 words)