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What will be your overriding concern if your patient, MS. G., is a type 2 diabetic status post open gastric bypass two days ago.  Her blood glucose by fingerstick is 289 mg/dL.  Vital signs:  BP 170/95, HR 120, temp 101.2 degrees, respirations 28, SpO2 90% on room air.  She reports her pain as an 8 on a zero-to-ten scale?



A. Postoperative infection
B. Pain relief
C. Decreasing blood glucose to normal levels
D. Lowering blood pressure

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered Sep 08, 2016

Postoperative infection- although (b) pain relief and (c) decreasing blood glucose are important considerations in this patient, her pain level is probably responsible for her (d) elevated blood pressure. your overriding concern, especially in light of her elevated blood glucose, is (a) postoperative infection, and the surgeon should be notified. it should be remembered that morbidly obese patients often have skin folds that harbor infectious organisms such as staphylococcus aureus increasing the risk or postop infections in this patient population.
 

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