You are caring for an infant who has had surgery for pyloric stenosis. What is a priority nursing intervention?

 

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- Provide parenteral fluids at the ordered rate.

- Feed formula shortly after surgery.

- Monitor stools.

- Give oral antibiotics until 24 hours after surgery.

Rationale

Parenteral fluids should be given with small frequent feedings of glucose water 4-6 hours postoperatively. The stools do not have to be monitored. Oral antibiotics are not indicated.

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