Which action should the nurse take? A hospitalized client who has a living will is being fed through a nasogastric (NG) tube. During a bolus feeding, the client vomits and begins choking.
A. Clear the client s airway. B. Make the client comfortable as specified in the client s living will. C. Start cardiopulmonary resuscitation. D. Stop the feeding and remove the NG tube as specified in the client s living will.
It is always important that people can always breathe. Whenever someone gets injured, people must make sure that the injured person can breathe. They must also make sure that the person isn’t bleeding. The bleeding will have to be controlled.
Last, it is important that the patient’s heart is beating properly. If a patient is admitted to the hospital, then the nursing staff must do the same. After a procedure, the patient may have trouble breathing. If a patient has a living will and is being fed through a nasogastric tube, there may be complications.
The nurse may be making sure the patient is having a bolus feeding and then the patient vomits. Then he or she begins to choke. The nurse should then clear the patient’s airway.
Clear the client\ s airway.-rationale: a living will gives information about what the client wants if he is in a terminal or permanently unconscious state. a living will doesnt apply to nonterminal events such as choking on an enteral feeding device. in this situation, the nurse should clear the clients airway. making the client comfortable ignores the life-threatening event. cardiopulmonary resuscitation isnt indicated. removing the ng tube would exacerbate the situation.client needs category: physiological integrityclient needs subcategory: physiological adaptationcognitive level: applicationreference: craven, r.f., and hirnle, c.j. fundamentals of nursing: human health and function, 5th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2007, p. 92.