A 46-year-old male presents with a complaint of heartburn for the past 3 months. He describes the pain as burning and located in the epigastric area. The pain improves after he takes an antacid or drinks milk. He has been taking either over-the-counter famotidine or ranitidine off and on for the past 2 months and he still has recurring epigastric pain. He has lost 6 pounds since his last visit. He is a nonsmoker.
His examination is unremarkable. His blood pressure is 118/72 mm Hg. Laboratory values are normal (including complete blood count [CBC]) and his serum Helicobacter pylori test is positive.
Respond to the following questions as if you are the patient’s FNP. These prompts accompanied the case study that was provided as an ancillary material through Woo and Robinson (2020) textbook.
- What is your plan of care for the patient?
- What education does the patient need?