A 46-year-old patient will undergo a bone marrow transplant and an informed consent form has been signed. The nurse is about to administer a sedative before the procedure when the patient says, "How many bones will be taken out?" What should the nurse do next?


•The patient does not understand the procedure, therefore, informed consent was not obtained. The nurse should stop what she is doing and notify the physician so he can explain the procedure to the patient.

•Laughing at the patient's comment is inappropriate.

•Administering the sedative before informed consent is obtained is illegal.

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