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A child has just returned to the surgical floor after undergoing a tonsillectomy. Which of the following actions is most appropriate?

Explanation

•After a tonsillectomy, the patient is at high risk for hemorrhage in the first 12-24 hours postoperation.

•The nurse should inspect for signs of hemorrhage, such as increased frequency of swallowing, blood on the oropharynx, and nausea.

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