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The nurse is caring for a patient with Sjögren's syndrome. Which of the following interventions is important for this patient?

Explanation

• Sjögren's syndrome is a systemic autoimmune disease that affects exocrine glands. This causes a deficiency in saliva, tears, skin lubrication, and other exocrine secretions. Moisture replacement is important to maintain the integrity of the skin

• Stool softeners are useful if stool becomes dry and difficult to pass, but this is not as common as dry skin

• Cardiac arrhythmias and electrolyte imbalance are not usually a problem with Sjögren's syndrome

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