Cardiac Question #36
The nurse is scheduling a client for a cardiac catheterization. The client has type 2 diabetes and takes metformin. Which action will the nurse take prior to scheduling the procedure?
- The nurse will instruct the client to have fasting A1C and glucose tolerance test prior to the procedure.
- The nurse will instruct the client to eat a low carbohydrate diet three days prior to the procedure.
- The nurse will instruct the client to hold the metformin for 24 hours before the procedure and 48 hours after the procedure.
- The nurse instructs the client to take all medications the morning of the procedure but not to drink or eat afterwards.
Metformin (Glucophage) will cause the client to be at risk for lactic acidosis if the client take the medication with injection of contrast medium. The contrast medium may affect kidney function, and metformin in the system may increase risk of lactic acidosis. Holding the drug 24 hours prior and 48 hours following the procedure will minimize complications.