Miss Larson is being admitted to your unit for dyspnea and weight loss. As the LPN (licensed practical nurse) you are assigned to collect admission data. After the initial interview you learn Miss Larson has experienced unintentional weight loss over the last few months, accompanied by a productive cough. She also reports waking up during the night “in a pool of sweat” to point that she needs to change the bed linen.
1. What other questions would you ask Miss Larson to gain more insight on her cough?
2. What disease is suggested by Miss Larson’s symptoms?
3. What diagnostic test would you expect to be ordered by Miss Larson’s doctor?
4. Miss Larson’s doctor orders a bronchoscopy. What preprocedure care would you provide? Postprocedure?