Monday, June 19, 2023

The hospital has sounded the call for a disaster drill on the evening shift. Which of these clients would the nurse put first on the list to be discharged in order to make a room available for a new admission



The hospital has sounded the call for a disaster drill on the evening shift.

Which of these clients would the nurse put first on the list to be discharged in order to make a room available for a new admission?

  • A- A middle-aged client with a history of being ventilator dependent for over seven (7) years and admitted with bacterial pneumonia five days ago.
  • B- A young adult with diabetes mellitus Type 2 for over ten (10) years and admitted with antibiotic-induced diarrhea 24 hours ago.
  • C- An elderly client with a history of hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and lupus, and was admitted with Stevens-Johnson syndrome that morning.
  • D- An adolescent with a positive HIV test and admitted for acute cellulitis of the lower leg 48 hours ago.

Answer: A:

A middle-aged client with a history of being ventilator dependent for over 7 years and admitted with bacterial pneumonia five days ago.
The best candidate for discharge is one who has had a chronic condition and is most familiar with their care.
This client in option A is most likely stable and could continue medication therapy at home.