Module 05 Written Assignment – Case Study

A 60-year-old male patient is admitted with chest pain to the telemetry unit where you work. While having a bowel movement on the bedside commode, the patient becomes short of breath and diaphoretic. The ECG waveform shows bradycardia.

  • What other assessment findings should you anticipate?
  • Why does this patient probably have bradycardia?
  • Does this dysrhythmia need treatment? Why or why not? What intervention would you implement first?
  • What is the drug treatment and dosage of choice for symptomatic bradycardia? How does this drug increase heart rate?

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