As a nurse in a critical care unit, your newest admission is a 24-year-old victim of…
As a nurse in a critical care unit, your newest admission is a 24-year-old victim of a motor vehicle accident (MVA). Report from the OR nurse indicates that the patient has several surgically repaired fractures, a closed head injury, and elevated temperature. Additionally, he has IV fluid running postoperatively and dressing changes scheduled every shift. The patient is intermittently alert and disoriented, with his pain adequately controlled by IV analgesics. (Learning Objectives 2 and 5)
Outline the pertinent information within this case study.
What factors could be causing the patient’s elevated body temperature?
Why is determining the fever’s cause important?
Indicate areas that are important to monitor in a patient with elevated body temperature.
Describe cause-specific interventions useful in treating the patient’s elevated body temperature.