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Detect the temperature of the patient’s skin. Detect the moisture of the patient’s skin. Detect the texture of skin, hair, or nails. Measure the strength of muscular contractions. Responses to Nuances in Patient Interviews During the patient interview, a patient may respond to your questioning in a number of ways. The patient may be open, honest, and talkative or quiet, evasive, and vague. It is up to you to get the appropriate responses from your patient. Below are some possible tips to utilize when interviewing a patient. Patient Response: Patient hesitates before answering a question. Nurse’s Response: Give the patient time because he or she may be thinking through an answer. If the patient continues to hesitate, you may need to reword the question. Patient Response: Patient responds with a vague answer, using phrases such as “not exactly,” “sort of,” “maybe,” or “you could call it that” in reply. Nurse’s Response: Ask the patient to provide more detail or to be more specific. Ask the patient to be precise and accurate so that you can get a clear picture of what it is he or she is describing. Patient Response: Patient looks away or acts uncomfortable when you ask a question. Nurse’s Response: Apologize if the question seems intrusive and explain that the information is necessary for you to completely comprehend how the illness is affecting his or her life and
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relationships. Laboratory and Diagnostic Connection How Laboratory and Diagnostic Results Affect Patient Care Sometimes nurses think that analyzing laboratory and diagnostic test results is strictly in the realm of the healthcare provider. Although the health-care provider will review the results of laboratory and diagnostic tests, it is important for nurses to examine them as well. As you learn more about abnormal results of such tests, you will understand how they affect a patient’s nursing care. For example, if you have a patient whose white blood cell count is very low, you know he or she is at high risk for developing an infection because white blood cells are responsible for fighting invading pathogens. That information is important when you think about how to care for your patient and how to protect him or her from potential infections. Patient Teaching Connection Meeting Patient Needs First It is important to remember what you have learned about Maslow’s hierarchy when you prepare to teach patients. If a patient is uncomfortable, is in pain, needs to go to the bathroom, is too cold or hot, feels nauseated or hungry, or is feverish, these things are barriers to learning and need to be alleviated and/or removed before teaching should occur. You need to be alert to cues that the patient is not ready or able to learn because of lower level needs that have not been met. Do your best to determine what the problem is, take care of the physiological and safety needs first, and then begin your patient teaching.
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