Chapter 6: Knowledge Integration

Case Study 5: Adolescent Client

Initial Assessment Data

  • Biographical data: Adolescent client (age 17)
  • Reason for seeking care: Post-op surgery
  • History of health/illness: Healthy
  • Past history: No medications, no illnesses
  • Client had abdominal surgery and was transferred from the recovery room to the surgical floor. Lethargic and oriented x 3. Awakes when name is called and responds to questions appropriately. Client rates pain 2/10. The healthcare provider assesses client’s vital signs every 30 minutes x 2 hours.

Vital Sign Record

Vital sign record - case study 5

Think about the client data documented on the vital sign record and try to answer the following questions. Write your answers on a piece of paper.

  1. Review the vital sign record and identify the trends that you see.
  2. What should the healthcare provider’s next action be?
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