I am having trouble figuring out which one would be the priority assessment for a patient with eating disorders and having shortness of breath + hypokalemia. Would it be respiratory? I thought I would get the oxygen saturation and see if the person needs oxygen adminstration. But, then, he has hypokalemia as well. It can lead to dysrhythmia. (I don't have the blood pressure readings because it was not provided on the case scenario).
Getting more confused..could it be neurological since hypokalemia can hinder with the Na-K pumps in the brain and something may go wrong with the patient's LOC?
Forgot to mention that the patient had a fainting episode too.
I have a huge physical assessment test tomorrow and I'm freaking out!
Any timely help will be appreciated! =)