Trevor Van Schooneveld, MD, FACP
Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease
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This patient had a diagnosis of heart failure secondary to acute myocardial infarction (AMI) two days prior, but the clinical presentation offered multiple possibilities of differential diagnoses.
PCT gives insight into the presence or absence of systemic bacterial infection.
Clinicians were able to focus on treating the cardiac issues at hand.
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*NEWS or National Early Warning Score is a scoring system based on 6 common physiological measurements: respiration rate, oxygen saturation, temperature, blood pressure, heart rate and level of alertness. The score ranges from 0 to 20 points; a level of 5-6 means a patient can be very ill and requires regular monitoring and urgent review.