A nurse is assisting the physician with a lumbar puncture on a patient suspected of having a CNS infection. During the procedure, the nurse notices that patient is experiencing cold, clammy skin and an increased pulse rate. The nurse should:


•Lumbar punctures place the patient at high risk for complications and adverse reactions. Any reactions or complications should be reported to the physician.

•Taking deep breaths or administering analgesics will not treat the complication.

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