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Nursing Situation Pancreatitis
Brief Patient History:
Mr. C is a 38-year-old Hispanic male admitted to the intensive care unit from the emergency department (ED) in hypovolemic shock. Mr. C was initially diaphoretic, unresponsive, and pale with a blood pressure of 70 systolic. After fluid resuscitation in the ED, his blood pressure increased to 90 systolic and responsiveness was restored. Mr. C is a migrant worker from Mexico who speaks limited English and is married with four children. All family members live in Mexico, except his uncle. Mr. C’s uncle verbalizes that his nephew has been complaining of severe abdominal pain for the past few days, with frequent episodes of nausea and vomiting.
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Mr. C is in a fetal position, complaining of nausea and intolerable knifelike abdominal pain, radiating to his back. A physical examination reveals that Mr. C is restless, obeys commands, and moves all extremities. Bilateral breath sounds are diminished with bibasilar crackles, S1 S2 without murmur, and capillary refill greater than 3 seconds, and peripheral pulses are 1+. Abdomen is distended and tenderness and guarding, hypoactive bowel sounds, and tympany are noted. Trousseau’s sign (carpopedal spasm with inflation of blood pressure cuff) and Chvostek’s sign (muscle spasm of the face with tap on facial nerve) are present. Skin is cool, pale, and dry. IV fluids are Ringer solution at 200 mL/hr and Foley catheter draining amber urine at 20 mL/hr.