Mrs. Hogan, a 43-year-old woman, is admitted to your unit for cholecystectomy. Q. Mrs. Hogan is transported to the recovery room following her cholecystectomy. As you continue to check her vital signs you note a continuing trend in Mrs. Hogan’s status: her BP is gradually dropping and her pulse rate is increasing. Your most appropriate nursing action is to:

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immediately report signs of shock to the head nurse and/or surgeon and monitor VS closely These are signs of impending shock, which may be true shock or a reaction to anesthesia. Your most appropriate action is to report your findings quickly and accurately and to continue to monitor Mrs. Hogan carefully.

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