(b) Sudden shortness of breath.
(d) Air hunger/anxiety.
(e) Circulatory collapse--weak, rapid pulse and hypotension.
Treatment and nursing care.
(a) Administer oxygen as ordered.
Give sedatives to relax the patient as ordered.
Perform surgery to remove the embolus.
(d) Monitor vital signs very closely (at least every hour).
Transfer to intensive care unit (ICU) if necessary.
(f) Provide emotional support since the patient may be restricted from
seeing her baby due to visitation policies.
Mastitis is inflammation of the breast tissue, usually unilateral after the milk flow
is established. It is caused by streptococcal or staphylococcal invasion of the breast
tissue through cracks or fissures around the nipple. It may be obtained from the infant's
nose or throat. The infant probably acquired it while in the nursery.
a. Signs and Symptoms.
Erythema over the infected breast.
Marked breast engorgement.
Acute breast pain, tenderness.
Fever and chills.
Acillary lymph gland enlargement.