Which nursing diagnosis reflects the highest priority for an 80-year old client admitted to the hospital with new atrial fibrillation?


•Clients with atrial fibrillation experience a decreased cardiac output and are at high risk for thrombi.

•Risk for injury related to syncope and confusion is the highest priority nursing diagnosis because physiological and safety needs outweigh the patient's anxiety, according to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.

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