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You are caring for a patient who just had gastric bypass surgery.

She is 35 years old. Past medical history includes obesity and hypertension. Pain is being controlled with Demerol via Patient controlled analgesia (PCA) pump. The PCA pump is delivering Demerol continuously and on demand.


1. What data should the nurse obtain? What s/s should you be monitoring for while the patient is using a PCA pump?


2. Describe signs and symptoms of pain and what pain scale would you use?


3. Explain how you would check the PCA pump with another nurse.


3. What education would you provide to reduce the pain for the patient when moving or walking?


4. Identify actual nursing diagnoses related to Pain.


5. Develop a goal/outcome for the nursing diagnoses.


6. Develop 3 nursing interventions with rationales to help the patient meet the goal/outcome.

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