Mrs. Smith is an 82 year old woman who fell on the sidewalk while walking home from the grocery store. She was brought to your ED by EMS – ambulatory in from the ambulance. Her vital signs are stable, and she is awake and responding to questions. She is joking with nurses but complaining of right shoulder pain.
- How do you interpret her mental status?
- What orders would you write for this patient?
- Suggest two concerning causes of her fall that would likely require hospital admission.