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Exercises for Lesson 3

INSTRUCTIONS: Answer the following exercises by marking the letter response that best answers the exercise, by completing the incomplete statement, or by writing the answer in the space(s) provided.

1. The is sometimes referred to as the postanesthetic room (PR) or anesthetic room (AR). It is a special nursing unit that accommodates a group of patients who have just undergone surgery.

2. The recovery room and the surgical intensive care unit are used mainly for the same purpose. What is the primary difference between the two areas?

3. What causes hypovolemic shock?

4. The practical nurse has checked a patient who is bleeding. Bright red blood indicates and brownish blood indicates .

5. What are the four categories used to describe the recovery room patient's level of consciousness?

6. After checking the doctor's orders, why is it important not to administer a narcotic to a patient who is in possible shock before consulting the Charge Nurse?

7. Lethargic refers to _ .

8. When administering oral/nasal suctioning, begin suctioning by placing the thumb of your dominant hand over the catheter valve or connector.

a. True
b. False

9. When inserting the catheter tip in the patient's nose or mouth, why is it important not to force the catheter during insertion?

10. During endotracheal suctioning, when applying intermittent suction and withdrawing the catheter, do not suction for longer than 15 seconds.

a. True
b. False

11. When administering endotracheal suctioning, what solution is used to moisten the suction catheter tip?

Special Instructions for Exercises 12 Through 16. Match the terms in Column A with the correct definition in Column B. Place your answer in the blank space provided to the left of the item number.

12.  Dyspnea a. A passageway through which air circulates.
13.  Anoxia b. A state of being unconscious or unresponsive to stimuli.
14.  Airway c. Low oxygen content in the blood.
15.  Hypoxemia d. A reduction or lack of oxygen.
16.  Coma e. Difficult and labored breathing in which the patient has a persistent, unsatisfied need for air and feels distressed.

Answers to Exercises for Lesson 3

1. Recovery room (para 3-3a)

2. The recovery room usually supports patients for a few hours until they have recovered from the anesthesia while the surgical intensive care unit supports patients for a prolonged stay (24 hours to months). (para 3-3c(1)(2))

3. Hemorrhage (para 3-4c)

4. Fresh bleeding. Bleeding that is not fresh

5. Alert Drowsy Stupor;


6. Narotics may cause shock to occur.

7. A condition of drowsiness or indifference. 

8. b

9. It can cause injury to the patient's mucous membranes. 

10. b

11. Sterile normal saline solution.

12. e

13. d

14. a

15. c

16. b

End of Lesson 3


David L. Heiserman, Editor

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Revised: June 06, 2015