Cardiology/Endocrine Case Study
Upon completion of the case study, students will be able to …
1. Apply the principles of pharmacology relative to pharmacotherapeutics across age levels including the effect of race, gender, ethnic group, and special populations.
2. Describe the uses, actions, effects and nursing implications of general classifications of drugs and selected specific drugs.
3. Investigate media resources and information technologies to enhance knowledge base of pharmacology.
4. Analyze the responsibilities of the nurse when administering drugs. Cardiology/Endocrine Case Study
5. Apply pharmacological research to nursing practice.
Purpose The purpose of this case study is to apply concepts from pharmacology and
pathophysiology, national guidelines, and evidenced based clinical practices in the management of chronic disease. Remember this paper must follow APA guidelines for font, in text citations, reference list etc. No abstract is needed. Provide headings for the different questions in your paper.
Setting This case study takes place in a primary care setting in a small rural hospital clinic that provides health care services to predominately Latino field workers and their families. The rural clinic serves children and adults for all medical needs including well care, acute care, and chronic conditions. Some clients have seasonal insurance, state health insurance, or no insurance. Many live below poverty level according to the federal guidelines. Most do not own a vehicle. Most do not speak English; so, a translator is provided at each visit. The clinic is one hour from the nearest city where higher level of care can be offered to patients in need of specialty care. The clinic is staffed by one family medicine physician, an internist, two nurse practitioners, an RN, two LVNs, a lab tech, eight MAs and support staff. Once a week a cardiologist, podiatrist, pain specialist, orthopedist and ophthalmologist service the clinic. There is an on-site lab and a pharmacy two blocks away. There are two ambulances servicing the entire south end of the county with poor availability for emergencies. Cardiology/Endocrine Case Study
Jose is a 47 year old morbidly obese Latino male who presents to the clinic for follow up evaluation of headaches, dizziness, ringing in his ears and frequent urination. He reports having a headache that “comes and goes” with ringing in his ears and sometimes he sees spots. Jose has taken acetaminophen and states that seems to help. Due to his work schedule of six 12 hour days, Jose has not had preventive care. He reports fatigue and is depressed regarding his current income situation. Jose has just been laid off for the season and will lose his insurance in 30 days until the restart of the harvesting season in March. He is concerned about paying for any health care that may go beyond his benefit period. Jose lives with his pregnant wife, who does not work, and their seven children in a three bedroom one bath house that they share with his parents and his brother’s family of three. Cardiology/Endocrine Case Study
Review of Systems Subjective Data
General: occasional fatigue, gradual weight gain over the past ten years
HEENT: (+) visual and hearing changes with HA; (-) cold or recent upper respiratory
changes, (-) rhinorrhea or nose bleeds,
Cardiac: (-) chest pain or tightness, no palpitations
Respiratory: no asthma, (+) snores at night Cardiology/Endocrine Case Study
GI: (-) pain, nausea, vomiting, constipation, visible fecal blood, (+) GERD, reports occasional indigestion after meals,
GU: (+) frequent urinary for 1 month with increased thirst
MS: (+) chronic bilateral shoulder and low back pain for 7+/- years, takes ibuprofen prn.
Neuro: (+) headaches 2- 3 times a week relieved with acetaminophen, (+) dizziness, sees spots with HA which are not related to activity, (-) weakness, (+) numbness and tingling in both feet,
(-) changes in speech or memory
Skin: (-) rashes or lesions Cardiology/Endocrine Case Study
Psych: (+) Depressed about income, wife is unable to work and is pregnant
7 children ages 2 years-13 years.
Past Medical History: Denies problems No preventative care. Only acute care for cold or flu.
Past Surgical History: None
Social History: (-) substance abuse, (+) ETOH, drinks 1-2 beers a day and 5-6 beers on the weekend with family on Saturday and Sunday. Drinks 2 cups of coffee with cream and sugar in the AM, does not exercise except working in the fields picking broccoli, likes to watch TV at night, eats a high carbohydrate diet of rice, beans, potatoes, corn and tortillas (8-10 a day) eats at home, does not eat out often. Drinks water, no sodas or junk food. Reports drinking freshly made jimaca (hibiscus) tea with sugar and fresh cucumber lime drink with sugar three times a week. Rarely eats deserts. Cardiology/Endocrine Case Study
Family History: Parents and siblings all living. 2 brothers and 3 sisters. (+) hypertension – father and mother, 2 brothers and 2 sisters (+) diabetes-father, mother, 1 brother and 1sister, (+) coronary heart disease- father, mother, 1 brother, (+) hypercholesterolemia- father, mother, 1 brother, 2 sisters
Physical Examination – Objective Findings
Ht. 64 inches Wt. 294 lbs. BP 176/104 mmHg HR: 92 RR: 24 T: 98.8 F
General: Well appearing, well groomed, NAD, looks stated age, morbidly obese
Eyes: PERRLA, Fundoscopy with no AV nicking or copper or silver appearance, no
papilledema, EOMI Cardiology/Endocrine Case Study
Neck: supple, (-) lymphadenopathy, (-) thyromegaly,
CV/Heart: RRR, (-) murmur, rubs or gallops, lifts or heaves, tenderness to palpate, (-) carotid bruits, (-) pedal edema
Lungs: CTA bilaterally, respirations equal and unlabored
Abdomen: (+) BS x 4, soft, round, non-tender, (-) masses, organomegaly, bruits
MS: (+) steady gait, FROM all EXT, no cyanosis, clubbing, pedal pulses present, feet warm, monofilament test abnormal at R great toe, 2+ patellar DTR,
Neuro: CN 2-12 grossly intact, (-) Rhomberg, (-) Pronator drift, (-) Dix Hallpike
Skin: (-) rashes or lesions, color even WNL, hair normal distribution
Psych: appears anxious Cardiology/Endocrine Case Study
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