Old Man Admitted

Old Man Admitted

 

Directions:

Consider the scenario below, then follow the instructions underneath it to complete the discussion. Support your position with credible resources/examples/evidence and provide APA references if appropriate.

Mr. D

Mr. D is a 90-year-old man admitted to the hospital with complaints of nausea, vomiting, left arm pain, and chest pain. An electrocardiogram (ECG) is performed, and he is diagnosed with myocardial infarction. Mr. D has a long history of comorbidities, including hypertension, diabetes, and congestive heart failure (CHF). With this in mind, the physician asks Mr. D if he wants life-sustaining measures (e.g., CPR, mechanical ventilation, etc.) should he experience cardiopulmonary arrest. Mr. D tells the physician that he wants all measures to save his life.

Imagine that you are the nurse assigned to provide care to Mr. D, and address the following:

  1. Considering Mr. D’s advanced age, what are the benefits/risks associated with providing life-sustaining measures?
  2. What factors should you consider based on Mr. D’s age and health history?
  3. How would you respond to his decision if Mr. D were your family member?

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