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The Hot Tub Mystery


Author(s)

Herbert House (rr)
Biology Department
Elon University
househ@elon.edu

Abstract

Roma and Clint Underhill are relaxing after a stressful day in their hot tub with some wine. But tragedy strikes, and the next morning their lifeless bodies are found in the water by their housekeeper. The paramedics who respond to her frantic 911 call pronounce the couple dead at the scene and call in the police to investigate. Developed for use in a lower-level undergraduate course on human physiology, students work through the various parts of this interrupted case to discover the cause of death, and in the process learn about blood pressure regulation.


Objectives

  • Identify the factors that affect blood pressure.
  • Describe the individual and collective effects of the Lasix, hot water and alcohol on blood pressure.
  • Explain how each of the following factors affect blood pressure: peripheral resistance, heart rate, venous return, stroke volume, cardiac output, end systolic and diastolic volumes, and blood viscosity.
  • Describe the role of the cardiovascular system, nervous system, kidneys, and endocrine system in relation to the above factors.
  • Explain the physiological processes associated with the decrease in blood pressure.
  • Explain the physiological processes associated with the potential recovery of blood pressure.

Keywords

Blood pressure regulation; Lasix; blood alcohol; blood alcohol level; substance use; hot tub

Topical Areas

N/A

Educational Level

Undergraduate lower division

Format

PDF

Type / Methods

Interrupted

Language

English

Subject Headings

Physiology  |  


Date Posted

01/17/05

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Comments


Ken Ilio
kyilio@hammond.k12.in.us
Science
Area Career Center
Indiana
04/18/2018
Paramedics cannot declare "death" of a patient officially. Although they are trained and can say "clinically dead," it's the coroner or doctor who can declare death. It's picky but the info is misleading.

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