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  • Guided Questions (1000 words)

    Case study

    Mrs Brown, a 78 year-old female, was admitted to the Emergency Department at 6am after waking up with severe breathlessness. Her family informed you that the patient has a history of heart failure that had been diagnosed two years ago. On admission to the Emergency Department the clinical manifestations were:

  • Severe dyspnoea

  • Respiratory rate of 24 breaths/minute

  • SpO2 85%, on room air

  • BP 170/95mmHg

  • Pulse rate of 120 beats/minute

  • Auscultation of lungs identifies bilateral basal crackles

    Mrs Brown was connected to an ECG monitor that showed atrial fibrillation. A diagnosis of acute exacerbation of chronic left-sided heart failure was made.

    Question 1. (500 words) (Learning outcome 1 and 5) Explain the pathogenesis causing the clinical manifestations with which Mrs Brown presented.

    Question 2. (200 words) (Learning outcomes 2, 4 and 5) Discuss two high priority nursing strategies to manage Mrs Brown and provide evidence-based rationales for these strategies.

    Question 3. (300 words) (Learning outcome 3 and 5) Two of the drugs that were given to Mrs Brown were IV furosemide and sublingual glyceryl trinitrate.

    1. Discuss the mechanism of action of these two drugs, and relate to the underlying pathogenesis of an acute exacerbation of chronic left-sided heart failure. And,

    2. Describe the nursing implications (monitoring for and responding to adverse effects, and evaluating therapeutic effect) when administering these two drugs to a patient with an acute exacerbation of chronic left-sided heart failure.  

      • Provide a reference list in APA 6th Edition style with a minimum of 6 academic references which

        could include journal articles, textbooks, government websites and reports, and creditable organisational websites such as the Heart Foundation ( 

      Concept Map (500 words)

      • The concept map must be computer generated.

      • When researching the topic, use the pathophysiology template that is on the unit vUWS site to

        assist you in organising your information. The template will also assist in identifying key concepts

        and their relationships.

      • Concept boxes should have titles with relevant content summarised within the box.

      • The summarised content may be in point format and size 10 font (Arial or Times New Roman) may

        be used on the concept map.

      • Concept boxes must be linked using lines and linking words/phrases to demonstrate logical

        relationships between concepts.

      • For conciseness, numbers may be used to replace traditional APA referencing within concept

        boxes. If you use numbers, you must include a reference list in numerical order, corresponding to

        your references immediately after the concept map.

      • Critical thinking and creativity are essential components of the concept map. The map design

        needs to be visually stimulating. 

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