You have a patient with a epistaxis for the past 3 hours. The patient reports she woke up with a bloody nose and it hasn't stopped. What is the priority intervention at this time?

 

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- Place pressure on the nostrils

- Test the blood for hemoglobin levels

- Have the patient tip their head back

- Look in the patients mouth

Rationale

This patient needs to have pressure placed on the nostrils to stop the pressure. Blood work may or may not happen and it is contraindicated to tip the head back as this opens the airway and allows for more flow back into the throat. Also, there isn't any reason to look into the mouth.

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