Pearl Richards, 69 years of age, is a female patient who is in the operating room for a repair of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The patient has a history of hypertension controlled with medications, osteoporosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and has smoked two packs of cigarettes per day for 40 years. (Learning Objectives 2, 6, and 9)
- What nursing interventions are instituted to reduce the surgical risk factors related to the patient’s age?
- Explain the role of the nurse in providing patient safety measures during the intraoperative period.