This case study consists of one hypothetical patient situation. After reviewing the information with this case study, you will answer several relevant questions about patient care. You can use outside materials to help you. In your answers, you should make specific reference to relevant guidelines and other clinical information. 

Within this case study, you will see specific information about the patient. After reviewing all information, return to the assignment page within Moodle to download the Case Study Questions document. Use the Case Study Questions to complete this assignment and then submit it within the assignment page. 

You are expected to include two evidence-based practice articles to support your work. Additionally, you will need to include the national guidelines for any treatment plans/options. All papers must conform to the most recent APA standards.

 

This case study should be three to five pages, excluding title and references pages.

 

 

 

Case Study Week 7 – Upper Respiratory Infections

 

Objectives

Topic 1: Patient

  • Develop your understanding of the patient in this case study.

Topic 2: Patient Information

  • Describe the patient information to answer the case study questions correctly.

 

Jackie is a 45-year-old white female with past medical history of controlled hypertension, controlled asthma, and eczema. She has a four-day history of nasal congestion, headache, sore

throat, sneezing, and productive cough. She denies fever, nausea, vomiting, and myalgias. She has three children who recently went back to school following a summer vacation. No one else in her household is currently presenting with similar symptoms. She has no known drug allergies but is allergic to mums and ragweed. She calls her primary care provider’s office requesting a medication to treat her illness. She takes several medications, including the following:

 

• Mometasone 220 mcg—1 puff daily for asthma.

• Albuterol 90 mcg—1 to 2 puffs q4–6 hours as needed for shortness of breath.

• Lisinopril 10 mg—one tablet by mouth daily for hypertension.

• Oxymetazoline hydrochloride 0.05% nasal spray—2 sprays per nostril bid × 3 days.

 

Provide rationales for your answers:

 

1. Which of the following is the MOST appropriate drug to recommend?

a. Oxymetazoline hydrochloride 0.05% nasal spray— 2 sprays per nostril bid until symptoms resolve.

b. Naproxen 220 mg—one tablet by mouth every 12 hours as needed until symptoms resolve.

c. Dextromethorphan ER oral liquid—60 mg every 12 hours until symptoms resolve.

d. Amoxicillin–clavulanic acid 500 mg every 8 hours for seven days.

 

2. Which of the following nonpharmacological therapies is NOT recommended?

a. Steam inhalation

b. Increased water intake

c. Menthol lozenges

d. Saline gargle

 

3. Jackie is insistent on taking a complementary therapy to help treat her symptoms. What is the MOST appropriate recommendation?

a. Echinacea purpurea tincture—0.75 mL

b. Fresh garlic—3 cloves

c. Acidophilus probiotic—1 tablet daily

d. Vitamin C—1 g

 

 

 

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