Endocrine Question #48


The nurse is caring for a postoperative client 24 hours following a partial thyroidectomy for persistent hyperthyroidism. What assessment data should the nurse immediately report to the health care provider?


  1. Change in Pulse Oximeter from 93% to 91%
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  2. Change in respiratory rate from 30 to 22
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  3. Change in temperature from 99 F to 100.2 F
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  4. Change in apical heart rate from 72 beats per minute to 94 beats per minute
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An elevation of 1 degree must be reported immediately following thyroidectomy as the increase may indicate a thyroid crisis and may be life threatening. The temperature rises because the body is unable to release heat from the increase in metabolism.

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