Contrast medium will be injected intravenously.
(d) The patient may experience a transient burning sensation at the
injection site during the injection.
(e) The patient may become flushed, warm, or nauseated after
injection of the contrast medium. A transient headache or salty taste in the mouth may
also be experienced.
(8) Explain to the patient events, which will occur after the cerebral
(a) Patient will be returned to his/her room.
(b) Physician will report the results of the cerebral angiography test to
the patient, when they are available.
(9) Document the completion of the examination and the patient's return to
the nursing unit.
Section IV. CARE OF THE UNCONSCIOUS PATIENT
a. Unconsciousness means that the patient is unaware of what is going on
around him and is unable to make purposeful movement. The basic principle to
remember is that the unconscious patient is completely dependent on others for all of
his needs. Any omissions in basic nursing care or any failure to protect the
unconscious patient in his helpless state may inhibit recovery or greatly prolong his
convalescence because of complications that might have been prevented.
b. The most common causes of prolonged unconsciousness include:
Cerebrovascular accident (CVA).
c. General nursing considerations:
Always assume that the patient can hear, even though he makes no