Rapid Response

May 2017 Vol. 12 No. 5

Author: Danielle Van Damme, MSN, CPNP-AC, and Lauren Marentette, BSN, RN

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April 2017 Vol. 12 No. 4

Author: Misti Tuppeny, MSN, CNS, CCRN, CNRN, CCNS

Horace Gunner,* a 65-year-old man with hypertension and type 2 diabetes, is admitted to the hospital after a fall at home. His computed tomography (CT) scan shows a moderate intracerebral hematoma, and he undergoes a craniotomy to remove the clot. Two days after surgery, he’s moved to . . .

February 2017 Vol. 12 No. 2

Author: Deborah S. Finnell, DNS, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, FAAN; and Christine L. Savage, PhD, CARN, FAAN

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January 2017 Vol. 12 No. 1

Author: Cindy Ruiz, MS, APN-CNS, CCRN

Richard Hamilton, age 67, is admitted to the telemetry unit from the emergency department (ED) with new-onset chest pain. In the ED, his troponin test is negative, a 12-lead ECG is unremarkable, and a chest X-ray shows a calcified aorta. The ED physician orders a computed tomography . . .

September 2016 Vol. 11 No. 9

Author: Dorothy Moore, DNP, RN, CCRN

Myrna Klein, age 82, is admitted to the medical-surgical unit from the emergency department (ED) at 9 pm for an exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She also has hypertension, diabetes type 2, and mild dementia. Ted, her nurse, obtains her initial vital signs: heart rate 89 beats per . . .

July 2016 Vol. 11 No. 7

Author: Katherine Pereira, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP

Maryann Ward, age 56, is admitted to the chest pain unit. Sara, her nurse, finds her alert and oriented. Mrs. Ward tells Sara her chest pain started yesterday. When assessing her, Sara finds her heart rate (HR) is 60 beats/minute (bpm); blood pressure (BP), 142/58 mm Hg; respiratory . . .

May 2016 Vol. 11 No. 5

Author: Dorothy Moore, DNP, RN, CCRN

Jorge Valencia, age 27, is admitted to the medical-surgical unit after surgical reduction and fixation of a displaced, compound right femoral fracture—an injury he sustained in a car accident the day before. His nurse, Sara, obtains his vital signs when he arrives on her unit: blood pressure (BP . . .

March 2016 Vol. 11 No. 3

Author: Stephanie Magallanes

JAKE KARCHNER, age 65, is admitted for treatment of acute myeloid leukemia. Because of his history of supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), the physician has ordered telemetry monitoring.
When you enter Mr. Karchner’s room, you observe that he’s awake, alert, and oriented. However, he seems upset that he’s in . . .