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During the beginning-of-shift assessments, which client would the nurse see first?

1. Client with chronic pain requesting pain meds
2. Client with diarrhea who needs to be cleaned
3. Client who is due for a dressing change
4. Client who requires suctioning

Explanation

Option 4 deals with the airway, which is a priority in care. The other options are not as high priorities as the airway. The client in pain would require attention second, the client with diarrhea and need for skin care third (however, this also could be delegated to another caregiver for faster attention), and the dressing change would be last. Think ABCs and the basis for life. Which one of the options could be potentially life-threatening if not addressed first?

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Andrew
Member since: April 2011
(Boynton Beach,FL) Original question source

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