Read the case study, then answer the questions. You may use any resource necessary, but dont plagiarize!
Your patient is a 67-year-old male who presents to the clinic with an approximate 3-inch-long and ¼-inch deep laceration to his left lower lateral sural area sustained during a fall while on a fishing trip earlier in the day. He reports that immediately after the fall, a friend who was with him applied pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding, then pulled the edges of the wound together using 4 butterfly bandages. Because the wound had stopped bleeding, and there appeared to be no other injuries, the friends decided to continue their fishing trip. The patient then stated that upon arriving home later that evening, he began to feel tired and weak which he attributed to the heat of the day and possibly a heat stroke. Due to concern, his spouse convinced the patient to come to the clinic. Upon his arrival to the clinic, the following vital signs were noted:
Blood pressure: 110/68 (patient reports a blood pressure of 125/78 two days prior to this injury)
Heart rate: 90 beats per minute
1. Describe exactly where on the body is the patients injury. Where would you look to be able to see the left lower lateral sural area?
2. What is a butterfly bandage?
3. What is the approximate normal body temperature?
4. What is the approximate normal blood pressure?
5. What is the approximate normal heart rate for a 67-year-old?
6. How does your patients blood pressure, blood pressure, and heart rate compare to the normal values?
7. List the potential causes for an individual having the abnormal vital signs that you noted in question 6. (Google the causes for the abnormalities.)
8. Using the information that you found for question 7, what could be the cause for your patients abnormal vital signs?
9. What could your patient and his friend have done when treating the initial injury that might have changed the outcome that you noted in question 8?