anatomy & Physiology
Overview: In this case study assignment, you will be asked to read a real-world scenario. Based on the information included in this case study and information
you gather from outside sources, you will form conclusions about a patients condition and appropriate treatments. Case studies provide real-world scenarios
you will often run across in preparing for and maintaining your healthcare career, as they give you the opportunity to mentally work through a problem before
being faced with it as a professional. This case is an actual one with names changed. It is a brief overview of how complicated muscle pain can be for a patient,
especially one who has lost his cognition to report person, place, and time.
Scenario: You are a student in the medical profession going through a community exercise. You are stationed with experienced paramedics and EMTs in a firstaid tent at the Skateboard-a-Palooza festival. Todays assignment is six hours of first aid in this tent. It is a 99 F July day with 90% humidity.
A well-developed, well-nourished male who identifies himself as John presents to the first-aid tent with his right shoulder hunched up. His chief complaint is that
he has hurt his leg on a skateboard.
Upon examination, Johns temperature, pulse, and respirations are within normal limits. His blood pressure is 140/64. There appears to be road rash on his left
lower leg and thigh, and contusions and mild bleeding. When asked about his hunched shoulder, John says that his shoulder is fine but that his leg is hurting him.
Johns eye examination results are unequal but reactive. When asked, he cannot recall his last name, where he is, or what day it is. He reports his leg hurts but
that he does not know why. He is escorted to a private area of the tent. He wants something to drink and wants to remove his skateboarding helmet. Police are
called in to survey the administration of care. John has no wallet or identification on him.
Palpation reveals a sign of back pain and a lack of reflexes on the right leg. A woman enters the tent and identifies herself as his sister. When she presents Johns
wallet to the police, his drivers license indicates that his name is Raymond Jenkins and that he is 23 years old.
Prompt: What conclusion can be reached regarding the patients condition based on the facts above? What process should be followed to ensure the patients
safety and proper care? Who should be involved? What treatments should be performed on the patient?
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
I. Evaluate Patients Condition
Describe the presentation of the patients condition using appropriate terminology.
Evaluate the symptoms presented in the case study to reach a conclusion on the patients condition.
II. Process: Describe the immediate next step to help the patient and who should be involved.
Describe actions you should take to safely treat the patient, using research to support your response.
Describe the precautions you would take to ensure the patients safety, using research to support your response.