Diagnostic Tests

by Diana Shenefield, PhD

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    In this session we are going to talk about diagnostic tests. We are going to talk about risk potentials when helping or monitoring a patient before, after or during a diagnostic tests. My name is Diana Shenefield. Let’s get started. The review of diagnostic tests falls under the NCLEX heading of reduction of risk potential. Because we know a lot of things can go wrong during a diagnostic test depending on what’s going on. So we want to make sure that we understand what our role is getting the patient ready. If we are helping with the diagnostic test and then afterwards how can we monitor the patient. Learning outcomes, make sure that you understand the diagnostic test. Even if you are not the one performing it you need to have an understanding of what the patient is going to be going through, what kind of dyes, what kind of drinks, maybe that they are going to be given, what kind of medications are they going to be given. So that when they come back to you, you will be able to monitor them effectively. So we are going to start with a question. A patient is undergoing a peritoneal dialysis. If you don’t know a peritoneal dialysis you just need to go back and review that. The dialysate dwell time is completed, and the clamp is opened to allow the dialysate to drain back in to the bag. The nurse notes that the drainage has stopped and only 500 ml of dialysate has drained. She knows or he knows that they put in 1500. So what is the best thing for the patient to do? What for the nurse to do? What intervention do we need to do to keep our patient safe? A, should we just change the...

    About the Lecture

    The lecture Diagnostic Tests by Diana Shenefield, PhD is from the course Physiological Integrity. It contains the following chapters:

    • Diagnostic Tests
    • Noninvasive Tests
    • Invasive Tests
    • Diagnostic Tests
    • What Must the Nurse Know
    • Review of Possible Complications

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. Side-lying with the legs pulled up and the head bent down onto the chest
    2. Side-lying with a pillow under the hip
    3. Prone with a pillow under the abdomen
    4. Prone in slight Trendelenburg
    1. Determine a history of iodine or seafood allergies
    2. Restrict fluids
    3. Administer a sedative
    4. Administer an oral preparation of radiopaque dye
    1. Bronchospasm
    2. Blood-streaked sputum
    3. Dry cough
    4. Hematuria
    1. Patient with a pacemaker
    2. Patient allergic to iodine
    3. Patient with diabetes mellitus
    4. Patient with a biological porcine valve

    Author of lecture Diagnostic Tests

     Diana Shenefield, PhD

    Diana Shenefield, PhD

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