The nurse administers oxygen to a patient who has lost a moderate amount of blood following a motor vehicle
accident. What is the primary rationale for this nursing action?
To ease the work of breathing
To compensate for the reduction in circulating oxygen
To provide comfort
To prevent shock
: Breathing might be easier, but this is an additional benefit, not the primary reason.
: As blood volume is lost, hemoglobin is lost. Oxygen is carried from the respiratory system to the
cells by hemoglobin in the blood.
: The patient might be more comfortable, but this is an additional benefit not the primary reason.
: The risk of shock might be decreased through oxygen administration, but this is an additional benefit
not the primary reason.
Client Need Sub:
Nursing Process: Implementation
The nurse anticipates that a patient with multiple fractured ribs is at risk for which condition?