SN instructed patient on signs of central catheter problems. The signs of catheter infection and problems are similar for all types of central venous catheters. If you have any sign of infection or catheter problem, call your doctor immediately. In addition signs of infection, clotting, or other problems include: Redness, tenderness, drainage, warmth, or odor around the catheter site Fever of 100.5F (38 C) or greater, or chills, swelling of the face, neck, chest, or arm on the side where your catheter is inserted, leakage of blood or fluid at the catheter site or the cap, inability to flush the catheter, or resistance to flushing the catheter, displacement or lengthening of the catheter. Patient verbalized understanding
SN instructed patient that bleeding is frequently associated with any non-tunneled catheter insertion. More frequent dressing changes and/or a mild pressure dressing may be required. Excessive bleeding or bleeding that persists for more than 24 hours is not normal. Excessive bleeding may be caused by coagulation disorders, vigorous physical activity, or a traumatic insertion procedure.
SN instructed patient about high blood pressure. Normal blood pressure is when your blood pressure is lower than 120 / 80 mm / Hg most of the time. High blood pressure ( hypertension ) is when your blood pressure is 140 / 90 mm / Hg or above most of the time.
SN Instructed patient on Lobectomy Care. You will be able to drink liquids and eat certain foods once your stomach function returns after surgery. You may be given ice chips at first. Then you will get liquids such as water, broth, juice and clear soft drinks. If your stomach does not become upset, you may then be given soft foods, such as ice cream and applesauce. Once you can eat soft foods easily, you may slowly begin to eat solid foods.
SN instructed patient on Lobectomy Care. The deep breathing and coughing will decrease your risk for a lung infection. Take a deep breath and hold it for as long as you can. Let the air out and then cough strongly. Deep breaths help open your airway. You may be given an incentive spirometer to help you take deep breaths. Put the plastic piece in your mouth and take a slow, deep breath. Then let the air out and cough. Repeat these steps 10 times every hour.
Skilled nurse instructed patient on safety measures to avoid injuries and falls such as keeping adequate lighting during the day and night and was educated on proper use of assistive device to prevent falls.
Skilled nurse advised patient to elevate both legs to decrease pain and improve circulation.
SN advised patient to call doctor immediately if any of the following happen: The cast gets wet, damaged, or breaks, skin or nails on the toes below the cast become discolored, such as blue or gray, skin, or toes below the cast are numb, tingling, or cold, the swelling is more than before the cast was put on, bleeding, drainage, or bad smells come from the cast, and severe or new pain occurs. Patient verbalized understanding of instructions given.
Instructed instructed call your doctor if you notice if around your stoma any redness, swelling, irritation, bleeding, green discharge or food.
Instructed patient if you have a hard time breathing, you may have secretions in your trach tube. Take out the inner cannula to check for mucous and clean if necessary. Then replace it. If your breathing does not get better, keep using your humidity, and cough hard.