Fundamentals Question #40


A patient recovering from surgery is shaky, sweating, and has a heart rate of 88 bpm and blood pressure of 110/76 mm Hg. What intervention would be most appropriate at this time?


  1. Retake the vital signs
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  2. Notify the health care provider
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  3. Check the patient’s blood glucose
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  4. Check the patient’s chart
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The correct option is C. The patient has had nothing by mouth (NPO) for the surgery and likely has a low blood glucose level. The client’s vital signs are stable. There is no reason to call the health care provider without further assessment data. Checking the patient’s chart will not be an intervention that will help at this time

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