Eric Chavis, MD
A 27 yo M with a PMHx of osteosarcoma s/p R hip disarticulation and numerous lung metastases s/p L upper lobe wedge resection (1 year prior) presents to ED with DOE and "abnormal findings on outpatient CT scan." On ED arrival he is tachycardic w/ HR 135, RR is 18 and SpO2 is 93% on RA. On exam he has diminished but present breath sounds bilaterally. A CXR is obtained and shown below. What's the diagnosis? (scroll down for answer)
You are on your critical care rotation helping take care of multiple ventilated patients. At the end of your night shift, one of the respiratory therapists comes up to you and says, “Hey, the new ABG just came back. It is 7.25/52/70/24 .” What do these numbers mean and what can you do to help?