The nurse is caring for a patient suspected of having a pulmonary embolism. The patient complains of chest pain and a low grade fever. Which of the following signs and symptoms would support this diagnosis?

Blood-tinged sputum
Shortness of breath
Tachycardia

Explanation

•Signs and symptoms of a pulmonary embolism include shortness of breath, pleuritic chest pain, low grade fever, blood-tinged sputum, and tachycardia. The onset of symptoms is usually sudden and intense.

•Bradycardia, thick sputum, and headache are not associated with pulmonary emboli.

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