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Part 1 of 2 Progressive scenario


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#1 mobey

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 03:16 AM

Hey all, this is going to be a fairly long scenario as we follow this patient so I will break it up into 2 scenario's, I do think there are going to be many learning points for our new (and old) members.
This will be 100% accurate to what I was presented with.

You are called to a home in a remote town of 2000 people for a female post seizure. Non-priority call.
You have an acute care clinic in this town which is "closed to ambulances" due to a nursing shortage, but you know the Doc (Family medicine) that is on tonight and feel comfortable taking a patient there if you need a hand stabilizing. The Doc will not assume care of a patient though nor admit anyone.

Closest "Open" ER is 30min away. No surgical unit, no specialties. Just family practice Doc's doing thier best.
City hospital is 2.5hrs away

The home you go to is well kept, with lots of harmless animals. There is a thick smell of cigarette smoke in the air.
You are greeted at the door by a hysterical 300lb man yelling at you "My wife needs help"

You arrive to the livingroom to find a 62y/o F with her head in a bucket vomiting food.
Husband states she is an epileptic & takes dilantin. She has not had a seizure in 12 years, but just had one prior to him calling 911.

She was diagnosed epileptic 12 years ago - post hemmoragic stroke that left her with no deficits (except the epilepy).
This seizure today lasted approx 2 min.
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#2 island emt

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 04:30 AM

Is she still actively seizing? if not>
How long did the seizure last?
Does she have any after effects from the seizure activity?
What was she doing prior to the seizure beginning?
Any recent illness?
Any meds besides dilantin?
Whens the last time serum levels were checked?
Any other current medical HX?

Vitals?
BP high or normal
Pupils?
Blood glucose?
ETOH?
recreational pharmaceuticals?
12 lead shows?

Once we get these answers, then a phone call to your friend, the Doc in the box might be in order to determine if you really need to take a 2 1/2 hr ride to the city hospital with a neuro dept.

OK : I'll let someone else play now :turned:
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:45 AM

Is she still actively seizing? if not>
How long did the seizure last? Approx 2min
Does she have any after effects from the seizure activity? Like the vomiting? Not sure what you're asking
What was she doing prior to the seizure beginning? Smoking, watching TV
Any recent illness? No
Any meds besides dilantin? Amlodipine, Metoprolol, Celebrex, Atorvastatin, Lansoprazole, Ropinirole
Whens the last time serum levels were checked? She can't remember
Any other current medical HX? Nope

Vitals? 142/90 RR20. P102 Sat 94% BGL10.4mmol Temp 36.7
BP high or normal Yes
Pupils? ERL
Blood glucose?
ETOH? No
recreational pharmaceuticals? No


Once we get these answers, then a phone call to your friend, the Doc in the box might be in order to determine if you really need to take a 2 1/2 hr ride to the city hospital with a neuro dept.

OK : I'll let someone else play now :turned:


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Posted 27 November 2012 - 06:29 AM

Ok I have a few questions, that sugar seems a bit high post seizure, as well as a relatively high heart rate for a pt. on a beta blocker.
12 lead?
Could you describe the seizure activity for me?
What's her mentation now and what's her baseline post stroke. How is her medication compliance? And is she having parkinsonian symptoms or restless leg at baseline?
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And what was on TV at time of seizure?

Edited by BAYAMedic, 27 November 2012 - 06:31 AM.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:08 AM

What has she ingested or been exposed to in the last 24 hours? Is she the smoker? (I am assuming she is based on her O2 sat)
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