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- They should have a tube for intestinal decompression.
- They should have a retention enema.
- They should be fed clear liquids only.
- They should have heat applied to the abdomen.
The priority nursing intervention for a client with an intestinal obstruction is to provide them with a tube or pump for intestinal decompression. They do not need an enema and should be NPO. Heat application to the abdomen will not help.
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