NCLEX RN Practice Question # 653

NCLEX Examination.

Practice Question # 653.


Pulmonary embolism

Pulmonary embolism Occurs when a thrombus forms (most commonly in a deep vein), detaches, travels to the right side of the heart, and then lodges in a branch of the pulmonary artery.

Pulmonary embolism is caused by the movement of foreign particles (blood clot, fat, or air) into the pulmonary circulation.

Nursing Assessment

  • Restlessness and apprehension
  • Sudden onset of dyspnea and chest pain
  • Cough, hemoptysis, hypoxemia, or crackles

Nursing Interventions

  • Notify the HCP immediately if signs of emboli are present.
  • Administer oxygen and other prescriptions; intravenous (IV) anticoagulant therapymay be prescribed.

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