Review these patient assessment findings and answer the questions in the comments area.
Patient Assessment Findings
Chief complaint – fever, chills, body aches, diarrhea
Onset – sudden
Provokes – nothing makes the patient’s symptoms better or worse
Quality – dull aches and pain throughout body; most severe in joints and neck
Severity – 5 of 10
Time – symptoms began at about 0300. Patient complains of symptoms to others at 0500
Vital signs – within normal limits except oral temperature of 102F
Allergies – ibuprofen, seasonal outdoor allergens
Medications – daily prescribed medications for allergies and asthma
Pertinent History – three days earlier patient ran into a metal bar at a playground. Large abrasion on top of his head and neck strain.
Last Ins/Outs – dinner evening before, repeated episodes of diarrhea
Events – sleeping. Woke up due to onset of chills, GI distress, and body aches. Fitful attempts at sleep since
What other questions do you have about this patient?
How would you treat this patient?
Is hospital transport indicated?
If no transport, what additional symptoms or condition changes would change the treatment and transport decision?