A 60 y.o female presents to the ED with c/o productive cough, fever,
chills, shortness of breath and generalized malaise for the last two days. She has a history of HTN, Hyperlipidemia. Her current medications are Lisinopril and Atorvastatin. Wheezing and scattered rhonchi are auscultated bilaterally, skin is hot and dry, she is speaking in three four word sentences, VS are 103.2, 135, 26, 98/78.
What are your initial nursing interventions?
What are your initial considerations for a diagnosis?
What medications do you anticipate being ordered?
What labs/diagnostic studies do you anticipate being ordered?
What are your secondary nursing interventions?
Your patient is admitted and discharged after 3 days. What are the important education topics for this patient?