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  1. OK.. We were given a take home quiz on the PACU... And there is a question that is a lil confusing... So I was wondering what ya'll thought the answer was

    A nasal cannula is recommended for which type of client? A client with:

    A. Stable Resp pattern
    B. Requiring controlled humidity and temp
    C. Rapid Resp Rate
    D. Requiring accurate, consistent oxygen concentration

    So what do you think??

    Heres another one:

    How frequently should the "unconscious" PACU patient be monitored?

    A. Continously
    B. Every 5 mins
    C. Every 15mins
    D. On a PRN basis
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   meownsmile
    hmm, just a guess but ,, n/c on a stable respiration patient,,, rational... you cant control O2 temp with a n/c, a rapid resp rate would warrent a rebreather to prevent patient from imbalances in Ph, and n/c cannot accurately administer concentrations of oxygen due to mouth breathing and possible nasel obstruction.
    and would think q 5 min on a unconsious patient just coming off of anesthesia. Risks of bronco spasm, laryngeal spasm, or adverse reatction from anesthesia would warrent a q 5 min check.
  4. by   StudentSandra
    I have to go with A for both questions.

    A nasal cannula will not control what's listed in B&D, and it probably wouldn't do much good with rapid breathing.

    I'm pretty sure if someone is "unconsious" they should be monitored ALL THE TIME, you might do VS every 5 or 10 minutes, but MONITOR, that just means WATCH them. That's my opinion anyway.

    (Sandra dying with the 1 killer psych test down, and a psych drug test & psych part 2 to go) then we move onto something easy like the Endocrine system....Ugggggggggggggg
  5. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by studentsandra
    i have to go with a for both questions.

    a nasal cannula will not control what's listed in b&d, and it probably wouldn't do much good with rapid breathing.

    i'm pretty sure if someone is "unconsious" they should be monitored all the time, you might do vs every 5 or 10 minutes, but monitor, that just means watch them. that's my opinion anyway.

    (sandra dying with the 1 killer psych test down, and a psych drug test & psych part 2 to go) then we move onto something easy like the endocrine system....ugggggggggggggg
    hi sandra! nice to meet you!
  6. by   xantha31669
    I have to say "A" for both as well. Our instructor just asked us a similar NCLEX style question (the PACU one) and the answer was continuous monitoring. on the n/c question the only one that doesn't require "special" equipment would be "A"
  7. by   Gator,SN
    "A" for both....

    i think
  8. by   Ortho_RN
    OK.. thanks

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