A frantic father presents to the emergency room holding a limp child bleeding from the head. The nurse takes them back to the treatment room. What should the nurse do next?

Assess the child for circulation and breathing

Explanation

•The nurse must assess the patient before any course of action is taken or decision is made.

•The father should be allowed to stay in the room.

•Calling security is unnecessary.

•The nurse must first assess the patient and gather essential information before calling the physician.

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