A patient in a full body cast (spica)complains of nausea and abdominal distention.What potential complication should a licensed vocational nurse (LVN)suspect?
B) Compartment syndrome
C) Cast syndrome
Which patient problem has the highest priority after surgery for the open reduction and external fixation of an ankle?
A) Potential activity intolerance
B) Potential for infection
An older adult patient is at risk for constipation after sustaining a pelvic fracture.Which nutritional suggestion by the nurse is most appropriate?
A) Select food with high sodium content.
B) Avoid foods high in dietary fiber.
C) While immobilized, drink at least 2 to 3 L of fluids daily.
D) Include milk products at every meal.
Which finding should produce the most concern when performing pin care for a patient with an external fixator?
A) Crusts around the pin
B) Serous drainage on the dressing
C) Purulent drainage
D) Absence of pain