Fundamentals Question #43
What intervention should the nurse question completing on a preoperative task list?
- Assessing and recording all patient allergies
- Explanation of procedure and obtaining informed consent
- Obtaining and recording current vital signs.
- Educating the patient about postoperative pain
The correct option is B. An explanation of the procedure and initiating consent is a responsibility of the surgeon. Assessing and recording all patient allergies are a nursing responsibility to obtain as soon as the patient is admitted. Obtaining and recording current vital signs is a responsibility of the nurse or the delegation of the task. It is a nursing responsibility to discuss the importance of reporting pain early, ways to decrease postoperative pain, and what to expect after surgery.
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