Serge who has diabetes mellitus is taking oral agents, and is scheduled for a diagnostic test that requires him to be NPO. What is the best plan of the nurse with regard to giving the client his oral medications?
It is best to notify the client’s physician and request orders. The client should not receive the medication during NPO status unless directed by the physician. The medications should not be given upon return unless the physician orders this; the client may still need to be NPO. The radiologist in the diagnostic department might give orders, but it would be best to check with the client’s physician first.
Steven John has type 1 diabetes mellitus and receives insulin. Which laboratory test will the nurse assess?
Insulin causes potassium to move into the cell and may cause hypokalemia. There is no need to monitor the sodium, serum amylase, and AST levels.
Sofia who has diabetes mellitus type 1 is found unresponsive in the clinical setting. Which nursing action is a priority? arrange from 1 to 4. 1. Treat the client for hypoglycemia. 2. Call the physician STAT. 3. Assess the vital signs. 4. Call a code.
When a patient with diabetes mellitus type 1 is unresponsive, the nurse should focus on and treat for hypoglycemia, as this is more likely than hyperglycemia. This is an emergency situation where the nurse must act before calling the physician. Vital signs should be taken after the client is treated for hypoglycemia. Assessment for ABCs should precede calling a code; there is no information that the client is not breathing.
Nurse Andy has finished teaching a client with diabetes mellitus how to administer insulin. He evaluates the learning has occurred when the client makes which statement?
To ensure the correct insulin dose, a calibrated insulin syringe must be used. Insulin injections should be rotated to the arm and thigh, not just the abdominal area. There is no need to apply direct pressure over the site following an insulin injection. There is no need to check blood glucose immediately prior to the injection.
Ben injects his insulin as prescribed, but then gets busy and forgets to eat. What will the best assessment of the nurse reveal?
Moist skin is the sign of hypoglycemia, which the client would experience if he injected himself with insulin and did not eat. Thirst, nausea, and increased urination are signs of hyperglycemia.
Marlisa has been diagnosed with diabetes mellitus type 1. She asks Nurse Rita what this means. What is the best response by the nurse? Select all that apply.
Please select 3 correct answers
One function of your pancreas is to secrete insulin. The endocrine function of the pancreas is to secrete insulin. The endocrine, not the exocrine, function of the pancreas is to secrete insulin. Insulin is secreted by the beta, not the alpha, cells of the pancreas. A consequence of diabetes mellitus type 1 is that without insulin, severe metabolic disturbances, such as ketoacidosis (DKA) will result.
A clinical instructor teaches a class for the public about diabetes mellitus. Which individual does the nurse assess as being at highest risk for developing diabetes?
Obesity increases the likelihood of developing diabetes mellitus due to over stimulation of the endocrine system. Exercise is important, but lack of exercise is not as big a risk factor as obesity. Smoking is a serious health concern but is not a specific risk factor for diabetes. Consuming alcohol is associated with liver disease but is not as high a risk factor for diabetes as obesity.
A client diagnosed with type 1 diabetes receives insulin. He asks the nurse why he can’t just take pills instead. What is the best response by the nurse?
Insulin must be injected because it is destroyed in the stomach acid if taken orally. Telling he will get used to shots does not answer his question and is condescending. Insulin must be injected because it is destroyed in stomach acid if taken orally; the onset of action is not the issue here. The nurse should answer the client’s question, not refer him back to the physician.
Mark is receiving metformin (Glucophage). What will be the best plan of the nurse with regard to patient education with this drug? Select all that apply.
Please select 3 correct answers
Metformin (Glucophage) reduces insulin resistance, decreases sugar production in the liver, and should be taken with meals for the best absorption and effect. It does not stimulate the pancreas to produce more insulin and does not inhibit the absorption of carbohydrates.
Dr. Steve orders intravenous (IV) insulin for Rita, a client with a blood sugar of 563. Nurse AJ administers insulin lispro (Humalog) intravenously (IV). What does the best evaluation of the nurse reveal? Select all that apply.
Please select 2 correct answers
Regular insulin is the only insulin that can be given intravenously (IV). The nurse did not use correct insulin as it was not regular insulin. Contact the provider to clarify the order, regular insulin is the only insulin that can be given intravenously (IV). The nurse cannot give the insulin subcutaneously when it is ordered to be given intravenously (IV).
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