A patient is diagnosed with fractured thoracic vertebrae from a motor vehicle crash.Which other structure should the nurse suspect may have been damaged during this accident?
A patient with a neurological illness has lost the function of opposing muscle antagonists.What should the nurse expect to assess in this patient?
A) Steady cursive handwriting
B) Perfect diction when talking
C) Inability to maintain balance
D) Intact gag and corneal reflexes
The daughter of an older female patient with osteoporosis asks what she can do to prevent the development of the disorder as she ages.What should the nurse suggest to the daughter?
A) Keep body weight low.
B) Increase oral intake of calcium.
C) Engage in water aerobic activities.
D) Engage in weight-bearing exercises.
A patient recovering from a biopsy of the right femur had pain medication 1 hour ago.Which symptom should the nurse report and closely monitor in this patient? (Select all that apply.)
A) Temperature 98.4°F
B) Hematoma formation
C) Capillary refill of 3 seconds
D) Pain reported as 7 on a 0-to-10 scale
E) Range of motion of the ankle and knee present