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Which client should the nurse assess first? The telemetry monitor technician notifies the nurse of the morning telemetry readings.

This question is part of Fluids and Electrolytes NCLEX practice questions
Asked by Tgerdel, Last updated: Mar 24, 2019

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tgerdel

Tgerdel

Answered on Sep 15, 2018

The client in normal sinus rhythm with a peaked T wave.

A. (correct) A client with a peaked wave could be experiencing hyperkalemia. Changes in potassium levels can initiate cardiac dysrhythmias and instability. B. (incorrect) Fluctuations in rate are expected in clients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, and a heart rate of 100 is at the edge of a normal rate. C. (incorrect) Most people experience an occasional premature ventricular contraction (PVC); this would not warrant the nurse assessing this client first. D. (incorrect) A first-degree block is not an immediate problem. TEST-TAKING HINT: The test taker must know the normal data so that the abnormal will be apparent. Normal heart rate is 60-100. The nurse should assess the client who has an abnormal or life-threatening condition.
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