1-10. GENERAL NURSING CARE DURING DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES
PERFORMED ON THE NURSING UNIT
In addition to the general rules mentioned in the previous paragraph, you should:
a. Assist the physician as required. This may involve obtaining equipment,
opening sterile trays, preparing a sterile field, pouring solutions, preparing the patient's
skin, positioning the patient, draping the patient, and assisting the physician in the
performance of the procedure.
b. Reassure the patient and make him as comfortable as possible.
NOTE: For some patients and some procedures, two assistants will be needed one to
support and observe the patient and one to assist the doctor.
c. If a specimen is taken, attach to the specimen container a prepared label
identifying the patient by name and register number, ward, date, and test. Forward the
specimen to the laboratory immediately with the proper laboratory request slip.
1-11. GENERAL NURSING CARE FOLLOWING DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES
a. Return the patient to his bed by the means ordered.
b. Check the orders of the physician who performed the procedure. Observe
and report any unusual reactions of the patient. If there are no orders pertaining to
taking vital signs, accomplish this nursing measure according to standard nursing unit
c. Use appropriate measure to relieve discomfort or pain.
d. If the patient has been sedated or anesthetized, ensure bed rest until he has
completely reacted. Tell him to stay in bed and to signal for any needs. Use side rails
according to standard procedures. Ensure the call light is with in reach of the patient.
e. If the procedure involves the patient's diet, notify food service to serve,
modify, or cancel his meal as appropriate.
f. Explain to the patient that he will be notified when he may resume his normal
regime. When this time arrives, inform him promptly.
g. Record the following information in the nursing notes.
Date and time.
Type of procedure.