Your patient was started on lisinopril this morning. You're noticing that their tongue seems a bit swollen and their speech sounds a little thick. You are concerned about an allergic response. What is your priority at this time?

 

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- Maintaining a patent airway

- Maintaining a MAP > 65

- Monitoring for hives

- Administering 2 units of PRBC's

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When an anaphylactic response is suspected, maintaining a patent airway is critical. If the patient's tongue has enlarged, angioedema is a concern. Therefore, the priority should be monitoring and maintaining the airway. While maintaining a MAP > 65 and monitoring for hives is important, the airway is the most critical. Administering PRBC's would not be indicated for this situation.

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