The nurse is preparing to provide a dressing change for a patient. The physician has ordered morphine 2-4 mg for pain q 2 hours. The client is awake and oriented and reports a pain of 1 on a scale of 0-10. What should the nurse do next?

The nurse is preparing to provide a dressing change for a patient. The physician has ordered morphine 2-4 mg for pain q 2 hours. The client is awake and oriented and reports a pain of 1 on a scale of 0-10. What should the nurse do next?

 

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- Administer 2mg morphine IV prior to the procedure.

- Wait until after the procedure and administer 4mg morphine IV.

- Ask the physician for a new order.

- Preform the dressing change.

Rationale

The patient is allowed to have 2-4 mg of morphine every 2 hours. Although the patient is not reporting any pain now, the nurse should plan ahead, knowing that the dressing change is going to cause the patient pain and pre-medicate the patient. Providing medication after the procedure will do nothing to manage the pain during the procedure.

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