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Julie In The Emergency Room Essay

903 words - 4 pages

Julie Smith is a 47-year-old Gainesville native resident. She is a high school math teacher, is married to her college sweet heart, Rex, and is the mother of four children. She is middle class, African American, and a devout Methodist. She suffers from osteoporosis, a disease that causes the bone to become weak and brittle. (1) Julie has also faced anxiety from time to time.

On a calm Thursday night, Julie Smith is rushed to the emergency room. She was in the middle of an argument with Rex about what they should do about their rebel teenage son. He had just gotten caught trying to steal a television from their neighbor’s house while they were on vacation. This was not the first time ...view middle of the document...

Along with these specialized physicians, a respiratory therapist, nurses, physician assistants, ER pharmacist and a medical scribe.

The paramedics rush her in, while one of them is performing CPR on her. They report her history, initial assessment, and what they predict is occurring. They concluded that she has had a myocardial infraction, also known as a heart attack. They believe she may have some head injury from the fall she endured, as well as extensive bone damage to her ribs, sternum, and perhaps her skull due to her osteoporosis. The nurses and physicians are there to perform CPR, while the respiratory therapist is monitoring and providing oxygen to Julie, and the pharmacist is there to prescribe epinephrine, blood thinners, or anything else that is necessary. The scribe is there to maintain minute-by-minute notes on what is occurring. The ER physician leads this whole systematic process. Julie’s heart finally starts beating on her own and she stabilizes. The orthopedic physician observes the scans taken by a technician to see if she has any bone damage. The neurologist observes a brain scan to see if she has any brain damage. The cardiologist is there to monitor her heart and make sure it is stable. The physicians finally come together to discuss what occurred and what order of treatment is necessary. The myocardial infraction was stress induced, and the cardiologist just needs to monitor her closely. There is no suspected brain damage, so the neurologist will just check on her a few hours later to make sure she is okay. The orthopedic physician has to take Julie to surgery because...

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