A patient on your ward complains that her heart is ‘racing’ and you find that the pulse is too fast to manually palpate. What would your actions be?
Shout for help and run to collect the crash trolley.
Ask the patient to calm down and check her most recent set of bloods and fluid balance.
A full set of observations: blood pressure, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation and temperature. It is essential to perform a 12 lead ECG. The patient should then be reviewed by the doctor.
Check baseline observations and refer to the cardiology team.