You are working as an Emergency Room nurse. A 72 year old female patient presents with sudden left sided weakness, facial droop, confusion, and imbalance. Patient’s husband has been with her all day and noticed theses changes around 1600 (it is now 1655) and called EMS. EMS administered a ASA 325 mg.
You have taken the patient to CT to evaluate if thrombolytic therapy is warranted. While you wait for the results EXPLAIN IN DETAIL what ADDITIONAL DATA you will gather and any FURTHER ASSESSMENT you will perform.
What details of a patient’s MEDICAL and SOCIAL history would a nurse be concerned about when the patient is in need of general anesthesia? LIST AT LEAST 4 and DESCRIBE WHY these are of concern