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Nursing2015

June 2005, Volume 35 Number 6 , p 88 - 88

Author

  • HEATHER CARTER-TEMPLETON RN, MSN

Abstract

Outline

  • What's the situation?

  • What's your assessment?

  • What must you do immediately?

  • What should be done later?



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    YOU'RE CARING FOR Don McMann, 42, in the postanesthesia care unit (PACU) when you notice muscle rigidity and see that he's becoming tachypneic and tachycardic. His BP is 154/90 and his temperature, which was 98° F (37° C) preoperatively and 100° F (38° C) at PACU admission, has jumped to 104° F (40° C).

    What's the situation?

    Mr. McMann underwent arthroscopic repair of a torn anterior cruciate ligament and arrived in the PACU about 5 minutes ago. He has no significant medical or surgical history. Reviewing his medical record, you see he received isoflurane for general anesthesia. He's receiving supplemental oxygen by nasal cannula.

    What's your assessment? ...

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