X-Ray Patient Observation

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On Tuesday August 30, 2016 a Male 63 years of age came into Christus Spohn South Heath Center with a diagnostic order for chest and rib x-rays. He was being seen because of chest pain on his right side due to a fall. He had an extensive patient history of x-rays that went as far back as 2014. For the year of 2016 he received approximately 12 different x-ray series. For example, on January 12, 2016 he received a chest 1 view image and cardiac catheterization. On May 21, 2016 he received a chest 1 view and a complete 4 view foot. On May 30, 2016 he received a cardiac catheterization. On June 1, 2016 and again on June 2, 2016 he received a chest 1 view. On June 10, 2016 he received a catheterization. On August 25, 2016 he received a chest 2 view. On August 26, 2006 an upper extremity without contrast. The patient also has a history of open heart surgery and receives dialysis treatments and is on oxygen. The patient was admitted into the emergency room department and was unable to stand and had a fall risk arm band. In order to take the x-rays we had to move his bed into the x-ray room. Before we could transport him I checked three patient identifiers;…show more content…
We also re-attached him to his oxygen in the wall, plugged his pulse oximeter and blood pressure cuff back in. He did not have anyone with him but his son was called and was on his way. He asked for a drink of water and after verifying with his nurse that it was ok we gave him a drink of water and left his room. I was later able to look up the results of the x-ray series and the diagnosis was no evidence of displaced rib fracture, pneumothorax or hemothorax; A normal rib series. The chest x-ray report showed he has cardiomegaly and diffuse bilateral pulmonary opacities compatible with only edema and congestive heart failure. Pneumonia could not be
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