Septic Pediatric Case Study

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Postoperative Care of the Septic Pediatric Patient Secondary to a Ruptured Appendix PediaSIM HPS® Program for Nursing Curriculum Integration (PNCI™) Simulated Clinical Experience (SCE™) Overview Location: Emergency Department and General Pediatric Surgical Unit History/Information: The patient is an 8 year old male who lives with his parents and 2 sisters. He presents to the Emergency Department (ED) with complaints of severe localized pain in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen, nausea, vomiting, and fever. Two days ago he began complaining of loss of appetite, cramping type pain, and his mother states that he just wasn't acting like himself. By that evening he was complaining of generalized abdominal pain. Yesterday he…show more content…
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