Nurse's Quick Check : Skills by Springhouse

By Springhouse

Designed for fast reference in any scientific surroundings, this instruction manual offers succinct, bulleted directions for over 500 nursing techniques. It presents a quick refresher on present apparatus and strategies, key steps crucial for secure and effective functionality, and pointers on documentation. Entries are alphabetically geared up and canopy basic abilities, specimen assortment, actual remedies, drug management, IV remedy, and cardiovascular, breathing, neurologic, gastrointestinal, renal/urologic, orthopedic, epidermis, maternal/neonatal, and pediatric procedures.

Each technique is gifted on an easy-to-scan two-page unfold. various illustrations and tables are integrated. specific emblems spotlight age-related issues and strength risks.

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Insert disposable mouthpiece and make sure it’s tightly sealed. Essential steps ❍ Tell the patient to remove or loosen constricting clothing to prevent alteration of test results from restricted thoracic expansion and abdominal mobility. ❍ Before the procedure, have patient void to prevent abdominal discomfort. ❍ Don’t perform pulmonary function tests immediately after a large meal because the patient may experience abdominal discomfort. ❍ If he wears dentures that fit poorly, remove them to prevent incomplete closure of his mouth, which could allow air to leak around the mouthpiece.

Instruction in using an AED is required in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) training. ❍ AEDs are increasingly being used to provide early defibrillation — even when no health care provider is present. ❍ AEDs interpret patient’s cardiac rhythm and give operator step-by-step directions if defibrillation is needed. ❍ Most AEDs have “quick-look” feature that allows visualization of rhythm using the paddles before electrodes are connected. ❍ AEDs are equipped with a microcomputer that senses and analyzes a patient’s heart rhythm at the push of a button.

Get help, if necessary. ❍ Strip linens from the bed. ❍ Inspect the plug and electrical cord of the alternating pressure pad for defects. Don’t use the unit if it appears damaged. ❍ Unfold the pad on top of the mattress with the appropriate side facing up. ❍ Place the motor on a linen-saver pad on the floor or on a footstool near the mattress outlets. ❍ Connect tubing securely to the motor and mattress outlets, and plug the cord into an electrical outlet. ❍ Turn the motor on. ❍ After several minutes, observe the emptying and filling of the pad’s chambers and check the tubing for kinks, because they could interfere with the pad’s function.

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