Always checking your for dangers first. You approach the gentleman asking are you ok? He replies that he is experiencing some chest pain and struggling to catch his breath.
You ask what was he doing? He replies that he was just going for a walk.
You then ask him if he has had this before and does he suffer from any medication conditions? He replies that he has Angina.
You ask if he has any regular medication that he take. He says, yes, I take this, and he hands you a small spray bottle from his pocket. The bottle says Glyceryl trinitrate (or nitro-glycerine) on the label. This is an oral spray. You can assist him in using his oral spray. Please note, other people may have a tablet version which is also administered under the tongue.
Stay with them and reassure them whilst monitoring their condition.
We will look at the next step tomorrow if his condition does not improve or becomes worse…….
Tomorrow – stay tuned for the next question….
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