Nursing: Interpreting Signs & Symptoms (Nursing Series by Springhouse

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The Nursing sequence of handbooks provides center nursing details within the transparent, conversational, useful 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 symptoms & Symptoms covers the newest realizing of greater than 500 symptoms and symptoms—their medical value and urgency; quick interventions for life-threatening signs; attainable factors together with illnesses, medicines, substitute drugs, nutrition, surgical procedure, and approaches; nursing issues; and sufferer instructing. Icons comprise Action Stat! for pressing interventions and Assessment Tip for procedure pointers.

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It’s characterized by excessive, unrealistic worry lasting 6 months or more. Associated findings include trembling, insomnia, GI disturbances, dizziness, irritability, and muscle aches. Heart failure. With heart failure, acute anxiety is commonly the first symptom of inadequate oxygenation. Associated findings include restlessness, shortness of breath, tachypnea, decreased LOC, edema, crackles, ventricular gallop, hypotension, diaphoresis, cyanosis, and decreased pulse oximetry. Hyperthyroidism.

It can also occur with other sensory deficits—such as paresthesia, loss of proprioception and vibratory sense, and tactile anesthesia—in various disorders involving the peripheral nerves, spinal cord, and brain. When accompanied only by thermanesthesia, analgesia points to an incomplete lesion of the spinal cord. Analgesia can be classified as partial or total below the level of the lesion and as unilateral or bilateral, depending on the cause and level of the lesion. Its onset may be slow and progressive with a tumor or abrupt with trauma.

Panic may occur in patients with mitral valve prolapse, referred to as the click-murmur syndrome. The disorder may also cause paroxysmal palpitations accompanied by sharp, stabbing, or aching precordial pain. Its hallmark is a midsystolic click, followed by an apical systolic murmur. Myocardial infarction (MI). With MI, a life-threatening disorder, acute anxiety commonly occurs with persistent, crushing substernal pain that may radiate to the left arm, jaw, neck, or shoulder blades. It can be accompanied by shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, diaphoresis, and cool, pale skin.

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