•After stabilizing the patient from opioid toxicity, the nurse should verify that the patient was receiving the correct dosage. The ordered dosage was safe for an adult patient, so the error may have been programming the PCA pump.
•Requesting that the PCA be discontinued or that the dosage be lowered is not appropriate until the nurse investigates the reason for opioid toxicity.
A nurse is preparing to administer I.V. fluids that will not alter serum osmolarity or pull fluid into or out of the intravascular space. Which fluid should the nurse administer?
A 79-year-old male patient has cancer with end-stage renal disease. Which of the following excludes the patient from qualifying for hospice?