A patient with sickle-cell anemia has ineffective tissue perfusion related to generalized infarcts. Which of the following interventions should the nurse prioritize in the plan of care?
•In sickle cell anemia, a
•The nurse should immediately take action to increase perfusion and oxygenation to the affected extremities. Administering oxygen, IV fluids, and blood products are the top priority.
•Pain medications are important to relieve the intense pain associated with a
•The patient should be positioned with the extremities extended to promote venous return. Bed rest is also important to minimize oxygen demands of the body, but these are not the top priority.