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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Lung Cancer and CHF

In the middle of the afternoon we were toned out for a man having trouble breathing. When we got there we were met by his hospice nurse. She informed us that he was having rather severe breathing problems but his vitals were stable. My patient had a history of CHF and terminal lung cancer. I felt bad for the guy but there wasn't much we could do. We gave him some oxygen. Checked his lungs sounds (which were clear). His lungs were operating as best as they could as far as I could tell. All we could do is make him comfortable and get him to the hospital to get further testing done.
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