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Which intervention should the nurse perform to ensure that the oxygen is properly administered? A nurse having difficulty setting up humidified oxygen at 40% per Venturi mask doesn't know how many liters of flow she should use.



A. Consult with a respiratory therapist.
B. Read the package directions.
C. Ask a nursing assistant what to do.
D. Use a conventional oxygen mask.

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M. Kennedy

M. Kennedy, Web Content Writer, Denver

Answered Sep 11, 2018

The nurse should consult a respiratory therapist. A respiratory therapist is a specialized clinician trained in the treatment of pulmonary disease. Respiratory clinicians work in hospitals in intensive care units on hospital floors, emergency departments, pulmonary functioning laboratories, sleep labs, and home care specifically DME and home oxygen.

Respiratory therapists are specialists and educators in many areas including cardiology, pulmonology, and sleep therapy. Respiratory therapists initiate and manage life support for those in intensive care units. They educate, diagnose, and treat people with heart and lung problems.

 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Sep 09, 2016

Consult with a respiratory therapist.-rationale: when a problem falls outside of a nurses experience or knowledge, she should consult with a specialist in that area. a respiratory therapist is an expert at setting up oxygen delivery systems. a nurse who incorrectly follows package directions could harm a client. a nursing assistant isnt considered an expert in oxygen delivery. a conventional oxygen mask wouldnt deliver the correct rate of flow to the client.client needs category: safe, effective care environmentclient needs subcategory: management of carecognitive level: analysisreference: taylor, c., et al. fundamentals of nursing: the art and science of nursing care, 6th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2008, p. 161.
 

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