Which essential questions will you ask a pediatric patient or his or her caregiver when the presenting complaint is bloody diarrhea? Will these questions vary depending upon the child’s age? Why or why not? What clinical or historical findings will indicate the need for diagnostic studies and why? Which diagnostic studies will you initially order and why? A few of the essential questions to ask the patient or caregiver when presenting with complaint of bloody diarrhea include: “Does the diarrhea appear to resemble coffee grounds, or is it bright red?” “When did you first notice the blood in the diarrhea?” “Is she vomiting blood as well?” “How often does she have bloody diarrhea and how much?” Clinical or historical findings that would indicate the need for diagnostic studies would include the bloody diarrhea, lethargy, fatigue, and loss of appetite. Possible diagnostic studies for bloody
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- Summer '17
- NSG6435 Discussion