Internal bleeding and cardiac arrythmia


Q: I am writing a book and in it one of my characters is a medic. His patient is suffering from high blood pressure and a rapid pulse due to the breakdown of a fictitious drug in his system. There are also other symptoms associated with this drug: pale and clammy skin, dizziness, weakness, nausea, and difficulty breathing. I was originally going to have the medic give him some sort of intravenous antiarrhythmic, as his heart rate is dangerously high, but then I started thinking about internal bleeding and the symptoms of hypovolemic shock. The patient has been kicked in the ribs and there is severe bruising down the side of his body. Some of the symptoms of this would be masked by the presence of the drug, such as the cardiac components, so how can my medic test for and subsequently treat the possible internal bleeding, while also treating the accelerated heart rate and high blood pressure due to the drug?


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