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Instructed in S/S of possible complication due to Foley Catheter removed such as bleeding, fever, urine sediment, bladder distention, pain, burning, etc. Instructed to report any of these S/S.
Instructed in home ambulation with cane, clear pathways, falls precautions, good lighting, non skid shoes, etc.
Patient was instructed on Osteoporosis. Once osteoporosis develops, getting enough calcium and vitamin D, along with other healthy habits, can slow the process and reduce the chances of bones breaking.
Patient was instructed on how lifestyle and daily routine can affect blood sugar levels. Food is the major culprit in altering the blood sugar level. The blood is at its highest an hour or two after eaten, and then it starts to fall. What eaten, when and how much all affect blood sugar levels.
Taught that blood pressure readings for people age 18-49 should not exceed 140/90.
SN instruced patient and PCG to rise slowly from a sitting/supine position while taking this drug because Forteo may cause orthostatic hypotension. Patient should sit or lie down if symptoms occurs.
The patient was instructed in cellulitis the importance of elevation and immobilization of the affected limb for at least 2 to 3 days or until redness and the swelling have decreased. The patient was taught in wound care and dressing changes. The patient was advised how to apply cool compresses for discomfort, alternating with a warm compress or warm soak to increase circulation to the affected area.
SN instructed on new medication Spiriva is used to control and prevent symptoms (such as wheezing, shortness of breath) caused by ongoing lung disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD which includes bronchitis and emphysema). It works by relaxing the muscles around the airways so that they open up and you can breathe more easily. Instructed that common side effects include, dry mouth, constipation, or dizziness.
Instructed patient sterile technique includes: Hand washing, Wearing sterile gloves. Using a new trach tube, inner cannula, and trach tie. Using sterile water (new bottle or bag every 24 hours). Discarding suction catheters after each use.
SN instructed patient / caregiver regarding medication Glipizide. SN informed patient / caregiver that Glipizide is used to help control blood sugar levels, causing the pancreas to release insulin, which helps to lower blood sugar. SN explained to patient / caregiver that the side effects include low blood sugar ( hypoglycemia ) can occur when on this medication. SN explained that symptoms of low blood sugar include hunger, nausea, tiredness, perspiration, headache, heart palpitations, numbness around the mouth, tingling in the fingers, tremors, muscle weakness, blurred vision, cold temperature, excessive yawning, irritability, confusion or loss of consciousness and should be reported to physician ( MD ) if persistently experienced.