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


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

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

•Incorrect: While ice cream is a soothing, cold treat, safety and assessment come first. Also, a clear liquid like a popsicle (but not red, which might mask clues of bleeding) would be more appropriate.

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