As a leading medical researcher and practicing physician, each of the following scenarios presents you with a mystery.....two case studies. Since this section is optional, you can chose to do neither, one or both.
You will need to review the symptoms described by your patient and look for clues to determine what ailment, disease or disorder might be afflicting them. Review the worksheet to review how to report back.
A patient, 22 years old and a tree planter is quite sick. She has come to the emergency ward complaining of fatigue, severe abdominal cramps and bloating, nausea, gas and stool that alternates between diarrhea and greasy faeces.
As you inquire and ask questions, she informs you that she became sick about a day ago when her crew ran out of water and she drank from a stagnant pool. Thinking quickly on your feet, you ask if this happened to be near a beaver dam, and the patient confirmed it.
In an abundance of caution, your mentor orders the patient isolated, blood screening to commence, and reports the case to the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).
What disease might this be? What might be causing it?
As a young up and coming Doctor Awesome, it is your job to determine what is happening using the supplied reporting criteria work sheet.
You are called by your mentor to assess a patient who arrived in hospital very recent after returning from an overseas trip to Thailand. As you assess the patient, you notice their blood pressure is quite low - 100/60. The patient is quite nauseous, complaining of eye pain and severe joint pain. Taking their temperature, you assess a fever of 104.5 F. They also have a notable rash on the mid-section.
What might this disease be? What might be the cause?
As a young and up-and-coming Dr. Awesome, it’s your job using the supplied reporting criteria work sheet to report your findings.