Mr. Oliver, a 74-year-old male, is 72 hours post-emergency surgery for a hip fracture.
What are Mr. Oliver’s risks factors for pulmonary embolism (PE) development?
While the family is visiting, Mr. Oliver begins experiencing sudden respiratory difficulties. The family calls the nurse immediately who notes distended neck veins, cyanosis, and BP 80/48. MrOliver states “I am going to pass out!” What should the nurse do first?
After a couple days, Mr. Oliver’s condition improves and he is scheduled to go home tomorrow. The evening before discharge, he experiences respiratory distress and is diagnosed with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Mr. Oliver requires several more days of hospitalization with ventilator support. When should Mr. Oliver be weaned off of mechanical ventilation? What interprofessional collaboration is warranted to assist with weaning from mechanical ventilation?