NU 664B Discussion 1: Hispanic / Nondocumented Patient with Acute Illness

Sample Answer for NU 664B Discussion 1: Hispanic / Nondocumented Patient with Acute Illness Included After Question

1. When did the symptoms start including onset of cough, fever, and sore throat? ( Dunphy et al. , 2019)
2. Do you have chest pain or tightness? ( Dunphy et al. , 2019)
3. Do you have fatigue? ( Dunphy et al. , 2019)
4. Are you wheezing? ( Dunphy et al. , 2019)
5. Have you coughed up any blood ? ( Dunphy et al. , 2019)
6. Do you have shortness of breath ? ( Dunphy et al. , 2019)
7. Do you have swelling in your legs? (Dunphy et al. , 2019)
8. Do you smoke? (Dunphy et al. , 2019)
9. Have you been exposed to anyone who is ill? If so, what was their diagnosis? Any known exposure to TB? (Dunphy et al. , 2019)
10. Are you taking any medications and if so what medications? Any inhalers? (Dunphy et al. , 2019)
11. How high has your fever been? ( Dunphy et al. , 2019)
12. Are you up to date on immunizations such as influenza, covid-19, pneumonia, and TDAP? Did you receive the BCG vaccine? (Dains et al., 2016)
13. Any history of HIV or possible exposure to HIV?( Dains et al., 2016)
14. What does the cough sound like? (Dains et al., 2016)
15. Are your symptoms getting worse, better, or staying the same since they started? (Dains et al.,2016)
16. Any muscle aches? (Dains et al.,2016)
17. Any nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain? ( Dains et al., 2016)
18. Any unintentional weight loss? ( Dains et al., 2016)
19. Do you work? Any occupational exposure? ( Dains et al., 2016)
20. How long have you been in the country and which country are you from? ( Dains et al., 2016)

A Sample Answer For the Assignment: NU 664B Discussion 1: Hispanic / Nondocumented Patient with Acute Illness

Title: NU 664B Discussion 1: Hispanic / Nondocumented Patient with Acute Illness

Differential Diagnosis:

1.      Community acquired pneumonia (CAP) – The is the most likely diagnosis for this patient. Subjective findings for this patient include many of the symptoms that are commonly reported in CAP including cough, fatigue, fever, chills, and sore throat (Dunphy et al.,2019). This patient has risk factors for pneumonia which include age greater than 65, the fact that she is a smoker, the fact that she has not been immunized against pneumonia, her asthma history, and the fact that she lives with extended family including elderly and infants (Mendez-Brich et al., 2019).

The fact that she has hemoptysis also supports the diagnosis of pneumonia because one of the most common causes of hemoptysis is respiratory infections such as pneumonia ( O’Gurek & Choi, 2022). Annually CAP develops in 5 million people in the United States ( Dunphy et al., 2019). Worldwide CAP is one of the most commonly diagnosed illnesses (Klompas, 2023). Due to its common incidence CAP is the leading diagnosis in this case and would be confirmed with a chest xray.

2.      Tuberculosis (TB)- TB needs to be considered in this case due to the fact that the patient recently immigrated from a Latin American country and did not receive BCG vaccination ( Dunphy et al., 2019). This diagnosis also needs to be considered because when considering the worldwide population as a whole TB is the most common cause of hemoptysis ( O’Gurek & Choi, 2022). According to Wei et al. (2020) the incidence of TB in Columbia is 10-99 per 100,000 population per year. Factors that make the diagnosis of TB less likely in this case is that the patient is not immunocompromised with contributing diagnosis such as HIV or the use of immunosuppressive medications (Dunphy et al.,2019). Sputum gram stain and culture and chest xray would help to rule in or out this diagnosis.

3.      Influenza- Influenza is another diagnosis to consider because its classical presentation includes fever, chills, and nonproductive cough (Dunphy et al.,2019). A risk factor in this case is that the patient did not receive influenza vaccination (Dunphy et al.,2019). This was placed lower on the list of differentials due to the fact that the patient reports these symptoms have been going on for 2 weeks. Typically, in influenza the cough is present early in the course of illness. Also the fever typically lasts 3-5 days (Dunphy et al.,2019).

4.      Covid-19- Covid-19 needs to be included in the differential diagnosis because the patient has many of the symptoms classically identified in this illness such as fever, cough, sore throat, breathlessness, and fatigue (Singhal,2020). The fact that she has known exposure to other people who are acutely ill and lacks vaccination place her at risk for Covid-10 (Singhal,2020). Negative PCR testing will rule out the diagnosis (Pascarella et al.,2020).


Primary Differential Diagnosis: Community acquired pneumonia (CAP)


ibuprofen [Motrin, Advil] 400 to 600 mg PO every 6 to 8 hours as needed for sore throat, myalgias, or headache.

acetaminophen [Tylenol] 650 mg PO every 4 to 6 hours as needed for sore throat, myalgias, or headache.

guaifenesin 200 to 400 mg PO every 4 hours as needed for cough

Albuterol hfa 90 mcg inhaler 2 puffs every 4 hours as needed for sob

Augmentin 875 mg twice a day orally for 5 days

Azithromycin 500 mg orally  day 1, then 250 mg daily days 2-5

(Dunphy et al.,2019)


Advise the patient to rest. Drink plenty of fluids. Gargle with salt water to help alleviate the sore throat. Discuss appropriate hygiene including washing the hands frequently to avoid transmission to others and to avoid future infections (Dunphy et al, 2019).


Influenza PCR to rule out influenza. Covid-19 PCR to rule out Covid-19. Chest xray to confirm diagnosis of pneumonia and then in this case I would do follow up chest xray film in 4 weeks to check for resolution due to her increased lung cancer risk due to smoking and her report of hemoptysis ( Klompas,2023). CBC and CMP to evaluate for any signs of sepsis which may require hospitalization such as leukocytosis, abnormal renal, or liver function (Klompas, 2023). In this case there is a suspicion for TB so sputum culture with gram stain would be obtained to help rule this out (Dunphy et al.,2019).


No Specialist referral is indicated at this time

Patient education: 1. The patient should receive the influenza vaccine annually. 2. The patient should receive the Prevnar13 pneumonia vaccine once she is feeling better and then one year later receive the pneumovax23. 3. She should be encouraged to be vaccinated against covid-19. 4. She needs to be counseled on smoking cessation 5. I would instruct the patient to get plenty of rest. 6. I would instruct the patient to drink plenty of fluids. 7. I would instruct the patient to use humidified air. 8.

I would advise the patient to go to the emergency room with worsening symptoms, any difficulty breathing, or confusion 9. I would instruct the patient to take the antibiotic exactly as prescribed and finish the entire course even if feeling better 10. Use saline nasal spray to help with sore throat. 11. Use topical anesthetic spray for sore throat such as chloraseptic.

(Dunphy et al.,2019).

Follow up:

I would complete wellness check on patient in 48-72 hours to make sure symptoms were improving. I would advise the patient to seek care at the emergency room if shortness of breath or wheezing developed. I would advise the patient to schedule an office visit in 1 week to follow up on symptom resolution and then 4 weeks to review follow up xray films (Dunphy et al.,2019).

Health Maintenance: I would counsel the patient on the importance of smoking cessation. The patient should receive the influenza vaccine annually. The patient should receive the Prevnar13 pneumonia vaccine once she is feeling better and then one year later receive the pneumovax23.  She should be encouraged to be vaccinated against covid-19.

Social Determinants of Health: Due to the fact that all of the patients family members are undocumented residents of the united states it would be important to recognize that this population may face lack of culture competency when receiving healthcare ( Chang,2019). It would be important to make sure that there are translation services available so that the patient feels comfortable and is able to better share their story about their symptoms and so that they can understand the treatment plan. Written instructions on prescriptions should be offered in the patients preferred language.

It would be important for the health care provider to realize that the patient may have concerns about disclosing their status due to fears of deportation. There may also be challenges related to lack of health insurance, poverty, housing insecurity, and food insecurity ( Chang,2019). I would inquire about these types of challenges and connect the patient with appropriate community resources to assist. It would also be important to consider the cost of medication and testing and base treatment decisions off of this.


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