A nurse preceptor is watching her student prepare a patient for hemodialysis. Which of the following should the nurse preceptor stop the student from doing?

Covering the connection site with a sterile blanket to promote patient comfort

Explanation

• The connection site between the fistula and machine tubing should be visible at all times to allow the nurse to assess for infection, bleeding, and occlusion

• Vital signs should be taken at baseline before the procedure begins

• The risk of infection with hemodialysis is high, and therefore, sterile technique should be used by the nurse and patient

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