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s/p lap appy...died in 24 hrs

  1. 0 i work in a med-surg floor, had a pt s/p lap appy, pt was stable, alert and oriented, ambulatory to the bathroom post op. main issue was pain. pt died after a day. whats the probable cause?
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  3. Visit  chenoaspirit profile page
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    Do you have any details of what was going on when the patient died? Such as SOB, tremors, temp., bp, HR, o2 sat., etc.
  4. Visit  suzy253 profile page
    #2 0
    perhaps pulmonary embolism?.....need more info though
  5. Visit  augigi profile page
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    Could be anything - internal hemorrhage from a nicked organ, massive sepsis (although it's pretty early, would have probably been septic preop), anesthetic-related complications, stroke, MI, PE, respiratory failure, electrolyte imbalance postoperatively (unlikely) etc etc
  6. Visit  hunny_pye profile page
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    No Idea What Was The Pts Status When Pt Died. They Ttansfered The Pt To Ccu And Coded There. But During My Shift Pt Was Alert And Oriented, Ambulatory.only Prob Was Unable To Urinate And Pain. Straight Cath Was About 350ml And Able To Void About 150ml. Sleeps Most Of The Shift And Will Wake For Pain Issues. The Next Day, Failure To Urinate Again, Straight Cath Was None.
  7. Visit  hunny_pye profile page
    #5 0
    Are You Able To Detect Pulmonary Embolism Ryt After Surgery?IS BOWEL PEORATION A FACTOR? CAN YOU DETECT THESE RYT AFTER SUGERY?
  8. Visit  augigi profile page
    #6 0
    Why did he get sent to CCU? Sounds like they were worried about cardiac function, which may have led to acute renal failure?
  9. Visit  leslie :-D profile page
    #7 0
    i was thinking peritonitis?

  10. Visit  AnnieOaklyRN profile page
    #8 0
    Maybe had a nick to his/her colon and ended up with peritonitis (sp) which would explain the pain.

  11. Visit  GardenDove profile page
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    We need more information such as medical hx, age, VS. It seems that Med-Surg nurses deserve some feedback on something like this as well, in order to get a clearer picture as to possible complications. Have you talked to your manager about this?
  12. Visit  coffeeaddict profile page
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    If he died within 24 hrs after appy, then it would not be sepsis, ARF. Hemmorage could cause pain and low urine output. Have also seen PE cause sudden death, but most of the time they code on the floor, no time to get to the unit. My bet would be bleeding if younger, if older add MI, Stroke to the mix.
  13. Visit  gr8rnpjt profile page
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    I had a patient's op wound open wide with popped stitches several hours after a lap appe. The surgeon was well known for bad outcomes. pt CTB within 24 hours.
  14. Visit  hunny_pye profile page
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    pt is young early 30's, hx of drug abuse, obese...
    i just heard that they gave the pt bolus of 1liter and still no UO. VS on my shift 99 degrees something, sbp around 130's, 93-96 % rooma 2liters, checked again, wthin dat range also. but the next morning he's febrile, tachy and diaphoretic, dont knw the bp, able to sleep after pain shot. md came to visit and didnt detect anythin wrong. then he coded the next day.