Mrs. Smith Case Summary

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Mrs. Smith is a 32-year-old African American woman admitted to the surgical floor following an emergency exploratory laparotomy for gastrointestinal and localized left upper quadrant pain. She had been in a car accident with her husband. Her husband of 12 years died in the crash. Mrs. Smith was the driver of the vehicle. The nurse admits Mrs. Smith and is unable to get any health history from her. Mrs. Smith just sits and seems to stare. Her face seems just blank with no expression. The certified nurse aide also tries to talk to Mrs. Smith and is not able to get any response from her. The nurse and nurse aide cannot understand why Mrs. Smith will not be “cooperative.” However, neither healthcare worker seems to have considered the patient’s

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