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Instructed in new medication Plavix to reduce atherosclerotic events. In addition, warned of possible S/E such as headache, dizziness, fatigue, depression, pain, edema, hypertension, rhinitis, epistaxis, abdominal pain, gastritis, constipation, diarrhea, ulcers, arthralgia, coughing, rash, pruritus and others.
Instructed to perform oral inhalation correctly: Shake the inhaler. Clear nasal passages and throat. Breathe out, expelling as much air from lungs as possible. Place mouthpiece well into mouth as dose from inhaler is released and inhale deeply. Hold breath for several seconds, remove mouthpiece and exhale slowly. Or, inhaler may be held about 1 inch (two finger widths) from open mouth; inhale while dose is released.
Instructed to post important telephone numbers, including MD, Home Health Agency, Friend/Relative and 911 for any emergency.
Instructed patient to place a night-light along the route between the bedroom and bathroom.
Instructed patient not to go outside after a hurricane. Be sure weather conditions are safe in order to prevent accidents.
Patient was instructed on Osteoporosis. Exercises that improve balance and coordination that can also reduce your risk of falling. You can also make changes in your home to prevent falls.
Instructed on the need/importance of wearing shoes that are clean and fit properly.
Instructed on some signs/symptoms of activity intolerance in response to physical activity, such as: excessive increase/decrease in pulse rate.
The patient was advised on factors that initiate asthmatic attacks (food, pollens, animals, dust, weather, etc). The patient was instructed in the correct use of oral inhaler, home oxygen or incentive spirometer as ordered. The patient was reviewed to avoid persons with infections.
The patient was instructed in carpal tunnel release on care of the hands and dressings, to keep the arm and hand elevated above heart level to reduce swelling and healing. The patient was reviewed to check the dressing daily for signs of bleeding or drainage, when bathing are permitted the patient should be shower with the dressing covered by a plastic bag. The patient was recommended to follow prescribed exercises to maintain circulation and improve range of motion such as sponge squeezing.