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Related Signs and Symptoms Discussion


The purpose of this discussion is to practice making meaningful connections between concepts discussed this week.

Look at the symptoms and findings that are categorized into three categories, below. Your goal is to choose items from each category that you feel might be related to each other, creating a cluster of related symptoms.

  • Choose ONE statement from those in the GENERAL SURVEY list
  • Choose TWO OR MORE items from the VITAL SIGNS list
  • Choose ONE statement from those in the PAIN ASSESSMENT list

For your first post, share the items that you selected and describe your rationale for why they might logically be connected. Hint: your textbook describes abnormal findings in each of these categories, which should help you make connections!

Later in the week, return to the forum to read what connections your classmates posted. Identify at least one additional symptom cluster that stood out to you from your classmates’ posts and share why you found it to be interesting.

This activity will be graded per the ‘Graded Discussions’ rubric toward course participation points. See below for the chart of symptoms to use for this activity:

General Survey (choose ONE statement):

  • Patient pregnant, hunched forward, supporting abdomen, panting
  • Patient short of breath, skin cyanotic, hand gripping chest area of shirt
  • Patient limping, facial grimace, blood visible in region of knees
  • Patient unsteady on feet, smelling of alcohol, slurring words
  • Patient flushed and diaphoretic, confused, lethargic
  • Patient alert and oriented, pleasant expression, sitting comfortably

Vital Signs (choose TWO OR MORE items):

  • Respiratory rate elevated (tachypnea)
  • Respiratory rate within normal limits
  • Respiratory rate low (bradypnea)
  • Blood pressure elevated (hypertension)
  • Blood pressure within normal limits
  • Blood pressure low (hypotension)
  • Pulse rate elevated (tachycardia)
  • Pulse rate within normal limits
  • Pulse rate low (bradycardia)
  • Temperature elevated (hyperthermia)
  • Temperature within normal limits
  • Temperature low (hypothermia)
  • Pulse oximetry reading within normal limits
  • Pulse oximetry reading below normal limits (hypoxemia)

Pain Assessment (choose ONE statement):

  • Patient states pain is 9 on a scale of 0-10; pain described as ‘crushing’ and radiating to left jaw and shoulder
  • Patient points to highest pain rating on FACES scale
  • Patient unable to engage in pain assessment
  • Patient states pain goes back and forth from a 0 to a 5 on a scale of 0-10; pain described as intermittent and cramping
  • Patient unwilling to cooperate with pain assessment questions
  • Patient denies being in any pain at this time
  • Patient states pain on a scale of 0-10 is 7 when sitting still, but rises to 10 with movement; pain described as sharp and throbbing

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