G.E., a 40-year-old truck driver, was getting ready to help unload his cargo. He was climbing into..

G.E., a 40-year-old truck driver, was getting ready to help
unload his cargo. He was climbing into the truck when he lost his balance and
fell to the ground, twisting his left leg. He stated he was in severe pain and
was unable to stand. His coworkers called the emergency ambulance service to
transport him to the hospital. Upon arrival in the emergency department, the
nurse immediately took G.E.’s vital signs, which were temperature 98.6°F, pulse
92 beats/minute, respirations 24 breaths/minute, and blood pressure 158/90 mm
Hg. The nurse also noted that G.E.’s face was flushed and his left
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G.E., a 40-year-old truck driver, was getting ready to help
unload his cargo. He was climbing into the truck when he lost his balance and
fell to the ground, twisting his left leg. He stated he was in severe pain and
was unable to stand. His coworkers called the emergency ambulance service to
transport him to the hospital. Upon arrival in the emergency department, the
nurse immediately took G.E.’s vital signs, which were temperature 98.6°F, pulse
92 beats/minute, respirations 24 breaths/minute, and blood pressure 158/90 mm
Hg. The nurse also noted that G.E.’s face was flushed and his left leg was
shorter than his right.

The following questions will guide your development of a
nursing care plan for the case study:

1. List five types of fractures.

2. Based on the action of the fall, what type of fracture do
you think G.E. sustained?

3. What diagnostic measures will determine whether or not
G.E. has a fracture of his left leg?

4. What would be the best immediate care for G.E.?

5. List four nursing interventions for clients in traction.

6. What possible treatment options are best for G.E.’s
injury?

7. What objective and subjective data are important for the
nurse to obtain regarding G.E.’s injury?

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