2120 Chapter 20 Case Study.docx - 2120 Chapter 20 Case Study A 27 year old man had surgery to repair his right hand after it was crushed by his garage

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2120 Chapter 20 Case Study A 27 year old man had surgery to repair his right hand after it was crushed by his garage door. The routine complete blood count (CBC) performed on admission showed both a dangerously low total leukocyte count and a low proportion of lymphocytes. One day post surgery, he complains of pain in his injured right ring finger. When examined, the affected finger and the dorsum of the right hand are red, warm and edematous. Red streaks radiate proximally on his right forearm. High doses of antibiotic are prescribed and a sling is applied to the affected arm. Nurses are instructed to wear gloves and gown for Andrew’s protection (reverse isolation) when tending to him. Considering these observations and everything you have learned in previous chapters 1. How are the low lymphocyte count, orders for antibiotics and reverse isolation be related? Low lymphocyte count can indicate a weak immune defense mechanism and exposure to infective agents, which is likely why the antibiotic therapy was ordered—to kill the infective agents. Reverse isolation is meant
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