You are an emergency room nurse and have just clocked in and gotten report on your four patients. Which patient should you see first?

 

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- 77 year old male with a GI bleed, pale skin and hypotension

- 62 year old male with shortness of breath, tachypnea and tachycardia also an O2 saturation of 99%

- 45 year old male with cerebral palsy who has a new pressure ulcer on their right buttocks

- 83 year old groin pain after a recent cardiac catheterization in the right femoral artery with normal vital signs and a hematoma on the right groin/leg

Rationale

Your patient the GI bleed and hypotension is a conern. They will likely go into hypovolemiv shock soon and they need to be evaluated immediately. The next patient to be seen would probably be the groin pain, followed by the SOB and then the pressure ulcer.

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