Although Hypoxemia (aka Oxygen desaturation) is not specifically a chief complaint that a patient will report, it has a presenting problem that is picked up on vitals, and has solid differential and a wicked approach:
Syncope has a broad differential. Here is the:
1.) Anatomical Approach to the history.
2.) A list of Critical Diagnoses, don’t miss.
3.) A Risk Assessment Tool, for decision on admission.
Investigations required for all Patients with complaint of Syncope:
Anatomical Approach – History Questions and Relevant Physical Exam:
Critical Diagnoses Requiring Investigations:
When to Admit?
* http://emclerkship.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/SYNCOPE-PDF.pdf, with accompanying Podcast:http://emclerkship.com/syncope/