A nurse has been assigned to care for a patient who has severe hearing loss and who wears hearing aids. Which action of the nurse would most likely contribute to this patient’s safety while under her care? Select all that apply.

 

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- Help the patient to read lips by speaking face to face

- Speak clearly and in a normal tone of voice

- Use gestures in addition to speaking

- Avoid using facial expressions

- Ask the patient if she uses hearing augmentation devices

Rationale

A patient who wears hearing aids is at a safety risk if he cannot hear what the nurse is saying or does not notice potentially harmful situations. The nurse can best communicate and protect this patient by speaking clearly and not shouting, using gestures to support speaking, and finding out if the patient has augmentation devices, such as an FM system, that would help with hearing.

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