In planning postpartum nursing care for a patient with cardiac disease, the nurse would question which of the following physician orders?

High fluid intake


• The postpartum patient with cardiac disease is already at risk for fluid overload due to the extra accumulation of fluid from pregnancy.

• An excessive fluid intake in a patient with cardiac disease would increase the risk of heart failure. The nurse should question an order for high fluid intake.

• Monitoring input and output of the patient is the top priority of the nurse to prevent the risk of fluid overload.

• Vital signs should be monitored every 2 to 4 hrs to monitor the cardiac condition of the patient.

• High-fiber diet is recommended to prevent constipation and straining.

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