Which of the following is the highest priority patient?
A. 57-year old male with chest pain and systolic BP of 80? B. 40-year old female with moderate pain from a leg injury. C. 75-year old male who appears confused but responds to commands. D. 25-year old female in labor with contractions six minutes apart.
The correct answer to this question is B, a 57 year old male with chest pain and systolic BP of 80. Chest pains can be caused by a number of issues including a heart attack, panic attack, or cancer.Along with chest pain, the patient could have a number of other symptoms, including pain in the neck, shoulder, back, and jaw.
Over 5% of emergency room visits are complaints of chest pains, but only 2% of these patients are sent home, which is why they have priority. Blood pressure is the strength used to push blood against moving arteries. When blood pressure is high, it can damage the heart, kidneys, and blood vessels. This damage can lead to a heart attack or stroke.