Blood Pressure Question


Mr. L has developed an anaphylactic allergic response to an anesthetic used during surgery. His peripheral blood vessels have dilated and his bronchioles have constricted; his blood pressure is too low to measure and he is having difficulty breathing. The doctor has called for an emergency injection of epinephrine. What will the epinephrine do? Is it the proper treatment?


When you check Mr. Lís chart, you discover that he has high blood pressure and is on beta-blockers. How will this affect the usefulness of epinephrine in this emergency?


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