ACTION STAT: Contrast reaction
Denise J. Brege RN

March 2008 
Volume 38  Number 3
Pages 72 - 72
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Brege, Denise J. RN

WHEN JOHN DOANE, 35, returns to your ED after an enhanced computed tomography (CT) scan of the abdomen, he's restless and wheezing audibly. He complains of itching and his face is flushed. When you examine him quickly, you note diffuse urticaria on his face, arms, chest, and back.

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Mr. Doane, who has active asthma, came to the ED earlier today for evaluation of severe right lower quadrant abdominal pain. On arrival, he had a low-grade fever, nausea, and abdominal tenderness. You take his vital signs: BP, 110/60 mm Hg; heart rate, 110; respirations, 24; SpO ...

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