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Unformatted text preview: toy cars can produce sparks,
which can lead to an oxygen tent¶s catching fire. It is important to educate parents and family members not to bring these types
of objects to the hospital.
367. Head Injury
After a head injury, bleeding from the nose or ears necessitates further evaluation. A watery discharge from the
nose (rhinorrhea) that tests positive for glucose is likely to be cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaking from a skull fracture. On noting
watery discharge from the child¶s nose, the nurse would initially test the drainage for glucose using reagent strips such as
Dextrostix. If the results of the test are positive, the nurse would then contact the physician.
The throat of a child with suspected epiglottitis should not be examined or cultured because any stimulation
with a tongue depressor or culture swab could cause laryngospasm, thus completing airway obstruction. Humidified oxygen and
antipyretics are components of management. Axillary rather than oral temperatures should be taken.
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This document was uploaded on 03/29/2014.
- Spring '14