A patient has been prescribed several drugs and fluids to be given intravenously. Before the nurse starts the intravenous administration, a priority assessment of the patient will be to note the
A) heart rate.
B) body weight and height.
C) blood pressure.
D) skin surrounding the potential IV site.
A nurse is caring for a postsurgical patient who has small tortuous veins and had a difficult IV insertion. The patient is now receiving IV medications on a regular basis. What is the best nursing intervention to minimize the adverse effects of this drug therapy?
A) Monitor the patient's bleeding time
B) Check the patient's blood glucose levels
C) Record baseline vital signs
D) Monitor the IV site for redness, swelling, or pain
A nurse who is responsible for administering medications should understand that the goals of the