Nursing care of abdominal aortic aneurysm

  1. 0 If I had a patient with an abdominal aortic aneurysm that was scheduled for a repair but suddenly had worsening abdominal pain and flank pain, would I assess vital signs first or notify the doc? I know it's an emergency, but do we ALWAYS assess first?
  2. Visit  allioop4 profile page

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    From 'Northeast PA'; Joined May '11; Posts: 3.

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  3. Visit  allioop4 profile page
    Other options are re-assess in 5 minutes or provide analgesic. Goal in dissecting is to keep BP low and pain controlled, right?
    Another question too:
    You have a hypertensive client that is obese, lives a sedentary lifestyle and smokes 1/2 pack of cigarettes a day. Which behavioral mod. would you teach to have the most immediate positive impact on blood pressure?
    A. Caffeine restriction
    B. Regular exercise routine
    C. Smoking cessation
    D. Weight reduction

    What do ya think? This one is driving me crazy cause I feel like it's smoking but smoking only temporarily raises BP??
  4. Visit  lovingtheunloved profile page
    Always assess first. If you have no assessment, you have nothing to report to the doctor anyway.
  5. Visit  PedRN86 profile page
    I would have a fellow nurse page the doctor while I stayed with the patient to do their VS and physical assessment, especially if they suddenly deteriorated. Then when the doctor comes/calls back I have all my information to present to them.
  6. Visit  Stoogesfan profile page
    I would assess vital signs first as well. You need that info for the dr.

    The second question my first guess is smoking cessation because weight gain takes a while and exercise wouldn't have an immediate impact.
  7. Visit  Esme12 profile page
    We are happy to help with homework but we will not do it for you.......What do you think and we'll go from there. It helpds me to know how you draw you conclusions so I can point you on the right direction.
  8. Visit  allioop4 profile page
    This isn't homework (It's thanksgiving break for heavens sake!)--quizzing myself with NCLEX style questions and just curious to see what other's thought processes are without tainting it with the 'ivory tower' answer. But thanks to those who answered kindly--I appreciate it!
  9. Visit  xdelta profile page
    Alliloop: so did you get the answer and also its rationale? Glad if you can share
  10. Visit  xdelta profile page
    Oops sorry I mistyped your name :P
  11. Visit  shergillnav profile page
    ANSWER is always hidden in the ist answer definitely will be 1 because .use nursing should have something to report to docter related to sign and symptom..... and 2nd answer is cessation of smoking ..question is asking about immediate action so you can quite smoke right now........ ......
  12. Visit  Esme12 profile page
    Quote from allioop4
    This isn't homework (It's thanksgiving break for heavens sake!)--quizzing myself with NCLEX style questions and just curious to see what other's thought processes are without tainting it with the 'ivory tower' answer. But thanks to those who answered kindly--I appreciate it!
    Well........ it isn't impossible unheard of to have homework on thanksgiving break. I am not in the ivory tower as I have humped it at the bedside for 34 years. I am one of the members who consistently assist the student membership.....but I ALWAYS request the membership to tell me what they think first....... so I may know how to best guide them and see where they may need assistance on how to best find the right answers by using good critical thinking skills. Or figure out how they went wrong.

    As per TOS/policy......
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    Asking for your input is not begin is finding your base nursing knowledge so I may best help you. I want you to become the best nurse you can be.

    So....what is your take on the questions and we can go from there.......
  13. Visit  suckulator profile page
    AAA's are just about the only surgical emergency left d/t advances in medicine. Have a colleague call the doctor while you are assessing. The worsening abdominal and flank pain can mean the aneurism has ruptured and the patient can die within minutes. It is worth the wrath of the doctor/surgeon to potentially save a life!
  14. Visit  GrnTea profile page
    If you have someone with a known abdominal aortic aneurysm who's going to have it surgically repaired tomorrow, and all of a sudden develops new and sudden pain, what do you think is going on? That's your first thought. Hint: It is probably not the tacos he had for lunch yesterday.

    While you're considering that, you are reaching for the BP cuff (not leaving the room to go find one, for gawdsakes), assessing his belly for increase in size, calming him, and calling for someone to call the surgeon and the OR, because sure as god made little green apples this man is dissecting his aneurysm some more and may be about ready to bleed to death in five minutes right in front of you. Yeah, you want to keep him pain free and calm, but those can take second position to "alive."

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