Jack Reacher is an otherwise fit & healthy 28yo Male.

Jack Reacher is an otherwise fit & healthy 28yo Male. He is 85 kg & 182cm tall. He has been a pro-competition cyclist for the past 6 years who participates in world tour events. Jack was out on a training ride when he was traveling at 60 km/hr and was side-swiped my a moving car traveling at 80km/Hr at 5:27hrs 2 days ago. he was thrown from his bike and hit a tree. He has a wife Carli, and a new baby Noah, who was born 3 weeks ago.

He experienced NO loss of consciousness at the scene. He was BIBA to the ED at 05:47hrs

Trauma series CT scan and x-ray showed:

  • Right haemopneumothorax (for which an UWSD was inserted)
  • Right mid-shaft fractured femur
  • Right rib fractures – Ribs 5 – 8 in the lateral chest wall
  • Haemoglobin 14.4 g/dl
  • No head / c-spine abnormality
  • No intra-abdominal injury
  • No pelvic fracture


Operating Theatre:

He went to the operating theatre at 1806hrs where the following surgical interventions took place under a general anaesthetic:

  • Insertion of a right under water sealed drain (UWSD)
  • open reduction & internal fixation of right fractured femur
  • Insertion of right femur Bellovac drain


Intraoperative medication:

  • 100mls/hr Compound Sodium Lactate
  • IV antibiotics
  • Ondansetron
  • Right 3 in 1 nerve block for a fractured femur
  • Patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) > Morphine 1mg bolus / 5 min lockout / no background infusion


Post operative orders:

  • Transfer to medical surgical ward
  • 2 – 4hrly UWSD observations
  • 2-4 hrly Bellovac Drain observations
  • Can mobilise day 1 post op – Partial weight baring
  • DVT prophylaxis including


Post Operative Medications / Fluids:

  • 40mg subcutaneous Clexane daily
  • Patient controlled analgesia (PCA) > Morphine 1mg bolus / 5 min lock out / no back ground infusion
  • Oral Ibuprofen 400mg TDS
  • 100ml/hr Compound Sodium Lactate


Timeline details:

Jack was transferred to the operating theatre 12 hours post admission to the ED. He was in surgery for 4 hours and in recovery for 2 hours. Jack returned back to the Medical surgical ward after recovery at 2400hrs.


Day 1 Cares / Case Details (post op 2400hrs – 1200hrs):

  • Medications as charted
  • 100ml/hr Compound Sodium Lactate insitu
  • Allowed to eat and drink as tolerated
  • Jack complains of significant pain
  • Pain scores 6-8 / 10
  • refuses to get out of bed and / or mobilise
  • Pain service called and they report no complaints  no nausea / no vomiting


Day 1 Observations at 1200hrs:

  • Resps: 18 bpm on 2L via nasal prongs
  • Air Entry: R=L
  • SaO2: 98%
  • HR: 104 bpm
  • Temp: 37.6 degrees C
  • BP: 107/74mmHg
  • UO last 12 hours: 500 ml
  • Hb: 8.0 g/dl
  • Creatinine: 80
  • Bellovac Drainage: 750 mls
  • UWSD: Swing; no air leak
  • Centrally warm / peripherally cool


Day 2 Post Op – 1330hrs:

  • Resps shallow: 22 bpm on 4L via nasal prongs
  • Air Entry: <RLL
  • SaO2: 94%
  • HR: 122 bpm
  • Temp: 38.2 degrees C
  • BP: 92/56mmHg
  • UO since 2400hrs: 1000 ml
  • Hb: 6.7 g/dl
  • Creatinine: 150 umol/L
  • WCC: 14.8 10^9/L
  • Platelets: 94 10^9/L
  • Bellovac Drainage since 1200hrs yesterday: 500 mls
  • UWSD: Swing; no air leak
  • Centrally warm / peripherally cool

Your shift starts at 1330 hours (day 2 post op – now) and you have just arrived to receive handover (all of the above).



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