rapid response

Acute cardiac tamponade

Acute cardiac tamponade

Martin Pace, a 65-year-old man, is admitted with an inferior wall ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction and receives a permanent pacemaker…

Acute cardiogenic pulmonary edema

Quick action prevents respiratory failure. Takeaways:  Acute cardiogenic pulmonary edema occurs with reduced cardiac muscle efficiency. Decreased pump function results…
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Acute hypopituitarism

Your recognition of troubling signs and symptoms results in prompt diagnosis and treatment. Takeaways: Hypopituitarism is the deficient secretion of…

Adult intussusception

Quick action ensures prompt diagnosis and treatment. Takeaways: Metformin-associated induced lactic acidosis (MALA) is a life-threatening condition that requires prompt,…
Amniotic fluid embolus

Amniotic fluid embolus

A team’s quick actions ensure a positive outcome.   Takeaways: After a patient is admitted with gestational hypertension, she experiences an…
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Anaphylaxis in the school setting

Quick action results in positive outcome.  Takeaways: School mealtimes are important for socialization and nutrition, but food allergies can be…
Atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation

Patient history, new symptoms, and assessment findings prompt a call for the rapid response team Takeaways: Atrial fibrillation results from…
Atypical myocardial infarction

Atypical myocardial infarction

Clinical judgment leads to swift action.   Takeaways: Myocardial infarctions may present differently in women than men. Not all cardiac emergencies…

Barely breathing

After cleft palate repair, 16-month-old Nicholas* is admitted to the general care unit in a children’s hospital for postoperative monitoring. Because of…
bradykinin induced angioedema

Bradykinin-induced angioedema

Quick treatment results in a good outcome. Takeaways: Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors can increase the release of bradykinin, which can increase…
Cerebral Vasospasm

Cerebral vasospasm

Prompt recognition of subtle signs saves patient’s life. Key Points: Patients who experience an aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) require frequent…
esophageal

Esophageal varices

Quick action prevents a negative outcome.     Takeaways: Cirrhosis of the liver causes scaring, shrinking, and hardening. Complications of cirrhosis include…
FES

Fat embolism syndrome

Early identification prevents negative outcomes.    Takeaways: Fat embolism syndrome is a rare complication that can occur after traumatic orthopedic injuries.…
myxedema-coma

Myxedema coma

Emergent and aggressive treatment are key to a good outcome.   Takeaways: Myxedema coma is the most severe, potentially life-threatening…
pediatric hypoglycemia

Pediatric hypoglycemia

Your prompt action on the scene aids quick recovery.    Takeaways: School-age children frequently skip meals or have poor nutrition that…

Pleural effusion

Early identification results in prompt diagnosis. Takeaways: Parapneumonic effusions can increase in size despite antimicrobial therapy. Nurses should be attuned…
Pyelonephritis

Pyelonephritis

Early identification results in a positive outcome.     Candance Walker* is a 28-year-old woman who arrives in a wheelchair in the…
Rapid Response

Recognizing autonomic dysreflexia

Your quick action ensures a good outcome.     Takeaways: Autonomic dysreflexia results from a noxious stimulus, such as a distended bladder…
Sickle Cell Crisis

Sickle cell crisis in the ED

Following the pain pathway leads to a good outcome.     Takeaways: Quick action and critical thinking leads to optimal pain control…
bowel-obstruction

Small bowel obstruction

Early identification results in a positive outcome.   Takeaways: Abdominal pain, bloating and distension, vomiting, and obstipation are warning signs of…
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Stroke alert

Quick identification of stroke in a postpartum patient yields positive result. Anna Connor, a 30-year-old woman, is admitted to the…
TURP

Transurethral resection of the prostate

Quick response to postsurgical complication.     Takeaways: Benign prostatic hypertrophy, if left untreated, may lead to chronic urinary retention. Medical…

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