Notify the surgeon about evidence of infection immediately.
Leave the dressing intact to avoid disturbing the wound site.
Remove the dressing and leave the wound site open to air.
Change the dressing and document the clean appearance of the wound site.
Severe itching under the cast.
Severe pain in the right shoulder.
Severe pain in the right lower arm.
Increased warmth in the fingers.
Increased physical activity and daily exercise will help decrease discomfort associated with the condition.
Joint pain will diminish after a full night of rest.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications should be taken on an empty stomach.
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is a more effective anti-inflammatory than ibuprofen (Motrin).
A female patient being treated for high blood pressure with an ACE inhibitor.
A patient who is allergic to iodine/shellfish.
A patient on a calorie restricted diet.
A patient on bed rest who must maintain a supine position.
Insect repellant on the skin and clothes when in a Lyme endemic area.
Long sleeved shirts and long pants.
Prophylactic antibiotic therapy prior to anticipated exposure to ticks.
Careful examination of skin and hair for ticks following anticipated exposure.
The patient complains of pain on movement.
The area proximal to the insertion site is reddened. warm. and painful.
The IV solution is infusing too slowly. particularly when the limb is elevated.
A hematoma is visible in the area of the IV insertion site.
Febrile non-hemolytic reaction.
Allergic transfusion reaction.
Acute hemolytic reaction.
Frequent checks for cervical dilation will be needed after the procedure.
Contractions may rapidly become stronger and closer together after the procedure.
The FHR (fetal heart rate) will be followed closely after the procedure due to the possibility of cord compression.
The procedure is usually painless and is followed by a gush of amniotic fluid.
Continue to breastfeed frequently. at least every 2-4 hours.
Follow up with the infant’s physician within 72 hours of discharge for a recheck of the serum bilirubin and exam.
Watch for signs of dehydration. including decreased urinary output and changes in skin turgor.
Keep the baby quiet and swaddled. and place the bassinet in a dimly lit area.
The infant should be restrained in an infant car seat. properly secured in the back seat in a rear-facing position.
The infant should be restrained in an infant car seat. properly secured in the front passenger seat.
The infant should be restrained in an infant car seat facing forward or rearward in the back seat.
For the trip home from the hospital. the parent may sit in the back seat and hold the newborn.