CNS impairment – Nursing assessments and considerations

CNS, brain
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CNS impairment could be associated with confusion, delirium, drowsiness, and hallucinations. Confusion is also a condition association with

(1) Hypoglycemia
(2) Ventricular tachycardia
(3) Head injury
(4) Stroke
(5) Volume deficit (i.e., fluid volume imbalance).

Delirium is

(1) Also a symptom of withdrawal in case of barbiturates,
(2) Also a symptom of abuse in case of hallucinogens.

Hallucinations is also a symptom of abuse in case of hallucinogens.

In case of CNS impairment, nurses may consider safety measures for the prevention of injury, orient to surroundings, and avoid activities requiring alertness as, for example, driving a car.

Zusammenfassung in deutscher Sprache (Summary in German language)

Eine ZNS-Beeinträchtigung kann mit Verwirrung, Delirium, Schläfrigkeit und Halluzination verbunden sein.

In diesem Zustand können Krankenschwestern Sicherheitsmaßnahmen zur Vorbeugung von Verletzungen in Betracht ziehen und Aktivitäten vermeiden, die Wachsamkeit erfordern.

Source of Information:

NCLEX-PN Content Review Guide: Preparation for the NCLEX-PN Examination (Kaplan Test Prep) – https://amzn.to/3jXwuZb *

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Usman Zafar Paracha

Usman Zafar Paracha is a sort of entrepreneur. He is the author of "Color Atlas of Statistics", and the owner of an Android game "Faily Rocket."

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