A 60-year-old patient has been admitted to the hospital with heart palpitations and shortness of breath. The nurse gives the patient a nursing diagnosis of Decreased Cardiac Output related to cardiac arrhythmia and breathing difficulties. Which of the following interventions would the nurse implement with this diagnosis?

 

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- Administer oxygen via nasal cannula

- Assess patient temperature and urine output

- Help the patient to verbalize feelings of anxiety

- Ask the patient if she would like the nurse to call her family

Rationale

A patient with a nursing diagnosis of Decreased Cardiac Output needs supplemental oxygen because of breathing difficulties and cardiac arrhythmias. The nurse may need to assess the patients anxiety and sources of support, but the priority interventions are to first manage the patients breathing and circulation.

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