Nursing: Interpreting Signs & Symptoms (Nursing Series by Springhouse

By Springhouse

The Nursing sequence of handbooks offers center nursing info within the transparent, conversational, functional sort of the award-winning Nursing magazine. each one guide gains to-the-point bulleted textual content, explanatory illustrations, and icons that echo well-known column names within the journal.

Interpreting indicators & Symptoms covers the newest figuring out of greater than 500 symptoms and symptoms—their scientific value and urgency; rapid interventions for life-threatening signs; attainable explanations together with illnesses, medicinal drugs, substitute drugs, vitamin, surgical procedure, and strategies; nursing concerns; and sufferer instructing. Icons comprise Action Stat! for pressing interventions and Assessment Tip for process pointers.

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Acute, severe anxiety accompanies pheochromocytoma’s cardinal sign: persistent or paroxysmal hypertension. Common associated signs and symptoms include tachycardia, diaphoresis, orthostatic hypotension, tachypnea, flushing, a severe headache, palpitations, nausea, vomiting, epigastric pain, and paresthesia. Phobias. With phobias, chronic anxiety occurs along with a persistent fear of an object, activity, or situation that results in a compelling desire to avoid it. The patient recognizes the fear as irrational, but can’t suppress it.

V. fluid replacements. 9° C), then place him in an air-conditioned room. History and physical examination If anhidrosis is localized or if the patient reports local hyperhidrosis or unexplained fever, take a brief history. Ask the patient to characterize his sweating during heat spells or strenuous activity. Does he usually sweat slightly or profusely? Ask about recent prolonged or extreme exposure to heat and about the onset of anhidrosis or hyperhidrosis. Obtain a complete medical history, focusing on neurologic disorders; skin disorders, such as psoriasis; autoimmune disorders, such as scleroderma; systemic diseases that can cause peripheral neuropathies, such as diabetes mellitus; and drug use.

5 kg) in the past month. Explore dietary habits such as when and what the patient eats. Ask what foods he likes and dislikes and why. The patient may identify tastes and smells that nauseate him and cause loss of appetite. Ask about dental problems that interfere with chewing, including poor-fitting dentures. Ask if he has difficulty or pain when swallowing or if he vomits or has diarrhea after meals. Ask the patient how frequently and intensely he exercises. Check for a history of stomach or bowel disorders, which can interfere with the ability to digest, absorb, or metabolize nutrients.

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