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15. Which are necessary steps in the assessment of the patient preparing for treatment PVD with pentoxifylline (Trental)? (Select all that apply.) Before beginning therapy with pentoxifylline, the nurse should determine intolerance to caffeine. To evaluate therapeutic effects of prescribed medications, a baseline is needed against which to compare future assessments. Before beginning therapy with pentoxifylline, the nurse should determine baseline gastrointestinal symptoms and assess for cardiac symptoms, pain, and dizziness. Bleeding times do not apply to therapy with this drug. Exercise stress testing is not part of the premedication assessment. DIF: Cognitive Level: Application REF: pp. 420-421 OBJ: 7 TOP: Nursing Process Step: Assessment MSC: NCLEX Client Needs Category: Physiological Integrity
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