Potential for Alterations in Body Systems

by Diana Shenefield, PhD

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    Welcome to Potential for Alterations in Body Systems. This section is part of the physiological adaptation section of the NCLEX exam. And I’m Diana Shenefield. Let’s get started. You want to read through your overview of what we are talking about, but basically we are talking about the potential for alteration in body systems. We all have that potential and all of our patients have that potential. So we are going to look at some of the details that go along with that. We are also going to look at our patients with acute, chronic or life threatening physical health conditions, and what those potential alterations could be. You want to make sure you read through the learning outcomes, as with all of these programs, if we get done with a program and you haven’t met or don’t feel like you’ve met the learning outcomes, you want to go back and review in your NCLEX review book or go back and review in your nursing books and make sure that you understand exactly what this section of the NCLEX is referring to. So let’s start with a question. Here we have a patient being discharged to the ER after cast application. So be thinking about these patients. You’ve seen them over and over again, we've got a patient that's had a cast, because of a tibial fracture. Remember where your tibia is? Make sure you know that. A serious complication of this, be thinking about somebody that has a broken bone, and what kind of complications, because we are looking at potential complications. So what kind of complications would fall under impaired gas exchange for this patient? Now you are going to read through these answers, and you are going to think a lot of these could be for this...

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    The lecture Potential for Alterations in Body Systems by Diana Shenefield, PhD is from the course Physiological Integrity. It contains the following chapters:

    • Potential for Alterations in Body Systems
    • Potential for Alterations
    • Monitor for Changes

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. Increased respiratory rate
    2. Bilateral wheezing
    3. Inspiratory crackles
    4. Intercostal retractions
    1. Ventricular dysrhythmias
    2. Bradycardia
    3. Rising diastolic blood pressure
    4. Falling central venous pressure
    1. Notify the physician
    2. Use a smaller size of catheter
    3. Treat the incision
    4. Use extra povidone-iodine solution in cleansing the meatus.
    1. 20/200 vision
    2. 20/60 vision
    3. 20/20 vision
    4. 20/40 vision

    Author of lecture Potential for Alterations in Body Systems

     Diana Shenefield, PhD

    Diana Shenefield, PhD

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