Barruch is a 50-year-old man who was given a prescription for lisinopril (Zestril) 1 month ago. While taking the medication, his systolic pressure has averaged between 130 and 138 mm Hg, and his diastolic pressure has averaged between 80 and 84 mm Hg. When he comes to the clinic today for follow-up, he states that he has a “dry cough” that “drives [him] crazy.” He has also noticed that he has been “catching every cold that comes along.” He would like to speak with the nurse about these complaints.
1. What does the nurse suspect is the cause of Barruch’s cough?
2. What does the nurse suspect is the cause of Barruch’s frequent infections?
Ayoub is a first-day postoperative patient who had an abdominal aortic aneurism repaired with a synthetic patch. He is sedated and is being monitored very closely to ensure his vital signs indicate adequate cardiac output and tissue perfusion, especially the kidneys.
3. Why would Ayoub have the vasodilator sodium nitroprusside (Nipride) being titrated in a continuous drip?
4. The family asks why this medicine is wrapped in aluminum foil. What is the nurse’s best response?