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  • Hospital
  • Hi, I'm Nurse Cathleen. I have two patients I am caring for and need to prioritize their care. I will determine which patient to care first for by priority setting, the ordering of nursing diagnoses or problems using the notion of urgency and importance to set a preferential order.
  • Mr. Jones
  • Mr. Jones has a high-priority nursing diagnosis of Impaired Gas Exchange. High-priority diagnoses patients are those who if left untreated, may lead to harm, they have the highest priorities. Mrs. Lawson has an intermediate-priority nursing diagnosis of Risk for Infection. Intermediate-priority diagnoses involve nonemergent, nonlife-threatening needs.
  • Mrs. Lawson
  • Due to Mr. Jones' high-priority classification, it was essential to prioritize his care. Holding his treatment until later would result in harm since he is experiencing poor gas exchange and low O2 saturation. Prioritization helps nurses anticipate and sequence interventions based on clinical importance to provide the best care possible to their patients.
  • Mr. Jones O2: 84%
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