Thorax and Lungs: 300 words
You are working in the Emergency Room on the 7:00 am-7:00 pm shift. Upon arrival, a 27-year-old African-American male walked up to you holding his chest, and states: “I can’t breathe, help me”. His diaphoretic, skin is warm and moist. Respiratory rate is 28 even and slightly labored, heart rate 112 even and regular. Blood pressure is 134/86. Lung sounds have bilateral wheezes. His last meal was breakfast 30 minutes ago at McDonald’s
- Based on his presenting signs, what other questions would you elicit?
- How would you demonstrate knowledge of cultural sensitivity/humility in approach to this patient?
- What would you assess?
- What could be the problem?