A nurse is caring for a 69-year-old male with hyperthyroidism. To provide additional comfort for the patient, the nurse should do which of the following interventions?

Provide a cool environment.

Explanation

• A patient with hyperthyroidism suffers from heat intolerance, so the nurse should maintain a cool environment to promote comfort. A warm pack should not be provided.

• Caffeine and other stimulants are contraindicated in patients with hyperthyroidism.

• Patients with hyperthyroidism often suffer from diarrhea. Stool softeners are given to patients with hypothyroidism.

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