The nurse is suctioning a patient's endotracheal tube and observes sinus bradycardia on the patient's EKG monitor. What should the nurse do next?

Stop suctioning and administer oxygen as needed

Explanation

•The patient's heart rhythm changed to sinus bradycardia because of the valsalva response from prolonged suctioning. The nurse should stop suctioning, administer oxygen if needed, and wait to continue suctioning until the patient's heart rate has stablized.

•Atropine is for symptomatic bradycardia only.

•Elevating the head of bed will not increase the patient's heart rate.

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