This is an assignment that focuses on the immediate patient management consideration for a patient. The paper also identifies the non-clinical observations of finding root cause.
The immediate patient management consideration for a patient
The Police are called to the residence of a 40-year-old male. After gaining access, they find a male unconscious on the floor and a prehospital team are called in. The room also appears tidy with no sign of an assault or injury. Further information: The patient has no sign of injuries; he is making noises consistent with upper airway obstruction and is unresponsive to voice or pain.
Q1. Firstly, what immediate on-scene and/or initial patient management would you consider? (100-200 words)
Q2. Secondly, describe the non-clinical observations and/or findings that may inform you of the potential cause(s) for the patient’s condition? (100-200 words)
Consider the two different scenarios (A and B) described below: Scenario A: The patient has pinpoint pupils. Scenario B: The patient has dilated but reactive pupils.
Q3: Thirdly, for each of the two alternative scenarios: (300-450 words per scenario) a) Discuss the likely toxidrome(s) and/or causes; b) Any other associated clinical and on-scene findings that may support this diagnosis; and c) Any specific management for each toxidrome/cause listed. d) Additionally, briefly list other (non toxilogical) causes that should be in consideration and investigation.
[The management should be consistent with your scope of practice e.g. pre-hospital, emergency department, critical care – please state]
At an appropriate time, an ECG is performed. It is abnormal.
Q4: Fourthly, fist or tabulate potential toxicological indications on an ECG, potential causes, and any antidotes indicated (100-200 words).
Subsequently, in answering the question you are to have listened to the (relevant) lectures for this module, read the reading list and conducted your own literature search. This may include both guidelines and also research papers. You can use your local or national guidance in
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this area to keep it relevant to your geographical region and scope of practice. .