Nursing Case Study: Oxygenation


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Which of the following people is at GREATEST risk of a pulmonary embolism, all else equal?

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1. The administration of nitroglycerin to a person with chest pain who, in reality, has pulmonary embolism will _____.

2. A person with pulmonary emboli will MOST LIKELY have oxygen saturation levels _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Quickly gauge your understanding of facts about dyspnea, pulmonary embolism and oxygenation levels using this brief quiz/worksheet assessment. Try taking the quiz before viewing the lesson to see what you know and again after watching it to determine what you have learned from it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be asked to do the following when you take this quiz:

  • Identify one who is at greatest risk of a pulmonary embolism
  • Understand the effects of administering nitroglycerin to a person who has a pulmonary embolism
  • Note the oxygenation levels of someone with pulmonary emboli
  • Define dyspnea
  • Recall how to improve a person's oxygenation levels if they have a pulmonary embolism

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define dyspnea
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about improving oxygenation levels in one with a pulmonary embolism and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the administration of nitroglycerin to someone having a pulmonary embolism

Additional Learning

Simply access the video lesson titled Nursing Case Study: Oxygenation if you wish to learn more about this topic. Detailed information you will find in this lesson includes the following:

  • Normal ranges for heart and respiratory rates
  • Test a nurse might administer when suspecting heart trouble
  • When pulmonary emboli sometimes develop
  • Pattern on an ECG seen in cases of acute pulmonary embolism
  • How to confirm suspicion of a pulmonary embolism