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What would be a priority nursing diagnosis for a client receiving anticholinergic (parasympatholytic) drugs?

This question is part of Cholinergics & Anticholinergics / Antibacterials
Asked by N, Last updated: Nov 20, 2020

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John Smith

John Smith

John Smith
John Smith

Answered Feb 25, 2017

Impaired gas exchange related to thickened respiratory secretions

Although all of these nursing diagnoses are appropriate, the priority is determined by remembering the ABCs. Anticholinergic drugs decrease respiratory secretions, which could lead to mucous plugs and resultant impaired gas exchange.
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