A child returns to the pediatric unit after a bowel resection. Which of the following actions has the highest priority?
1. Administer IV fluids.
2. Keep the child on nothing-by-mouth status.
3. Monitor vital signs frequently.
4. Assess the child’s pain level.
In a child with abdominal surgery, it is important to check vital signs frequently to assess for internal bleeding. Administering IV fluids, assessing pain, and keeping the child on nothing-by-mouth status are all important, but monitoring vital signs frequently is the priority.
CN: Reduction of risk potential; CL: Synthesize