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Instructed patient to avoid contact with pets, specially dogs and cats.
Instructed patient about how the thyroid hormone helps regulate metabolism. When this hormone is abnormally low the energy production decreases, disrupting many vital functions.
Patient was instructed on list of precautions regarding medications: Always finish a prescribed drug unless otherwise instructed by doctor or nurse. Never save a medication for a future illness.
Instructed on the importance, when taking Labetalol, of getting up slowly when rising from a seated or lying position, in order to reduce light-headedness and dizziness.
Instructed on the importance of notifying physician, nurse or other health care provider immediately if dark urine and/or persistent fatigue occur.
Instructed on the importance of having both her blood sugar level and blood pressure monitored on a daily basis, as directed by MD.
Taught that low back pain and rectal pressure may constitute as signs/symptoms of constipation.
Instructed caregiver about checklist for care your skin and catheter: Wash your hands to prevent infections,check the skin around your catheter.
Patient and caregiver instructed that low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) can happen to everyone who has diabetes. Symptoms include headache, hunger, sweating, pale skin, irritability, dizziness, feeling shaky, or trouble concentrating. Always keep a source of sugar with you in case you have low blood sugar. Sugar sources include fruit juice, hard candy, crackers, raisins, and non-diet soda. Be sure your family and close friends know how to help you in an emergency.
Instructed patient flush PICC line after and before the procedure, resistance to flushing may indicate partial or complete catheter occlusion. Do not proceed with power injection study until occlusion has been cleared.