Which of the following patients must be seen immediately?

 

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- The patient who had a tracheostomy placed 36 hours ago who just decannulated

- The thoracotomy patient with pain 10/10, screaming

- The patient with an order of PRBC's due for a hemoglobin of 6.8 mg/dL

- The patient actively vomiting

Rationale

The patient who has decannulated is a medical emergency. All other patients need to be seen as soon as possible, however this patient is in danger of losing their airway.

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