Which is an example of a first-order priority need when providing patient care?


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- Maintaining a patients airway

- Managing a patients nausea

- Starting an IV

- Providing pain medications


First-order priority needs are those situations that must be handled before other cares can be done. Without meeting first-order priority needs, the patient could experience severe harm or even death. An example would be establishing an open airway for a patient: without an open airway, the patient cannot breathe and no other interventions can be done until the patient is able to breathe and obtain oxygen.

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