A patient with Cushing's syndrome is being treated in the hospital. Which of the following is an appropriate nursing intervention to help prevent complications?

Monitor blood glucose.

Explanation

• Increased levels of cortisol will result in elevated blood glucose levels. The long-term complications of hyperglycemia can be avoided with close monitoring and treatment.

• Cushing's syndrome causes activity intolerance due to fatigue. Rigorous exercise is not appropriate.

• Hydrocortisone administration will increase the severity of Cushing's syndrome.

• Anemia is not associated with Cushing's syndrome.

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