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Cracking the Nursing Interview by Jim Keogh

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Classic Signs

–Fever. Related to infection.

–Stiff neck. Related to infection.

–Headache. Related to increased inflammation process associated with the infection.

–Nausea and vomiting. Related to effects on the brain stem.

–Drowsiness. Related to increased cranial pressure.

–Lethargy. Related to increased cranial pressure.

–Seizure. Related to interruptions of normal brain function.

Interventions

–Monitor vital signs for indication of increased intracranial pressure.

–Monitor neurological changes. Assist in identifying the progress of the infection.

–Monitor fluid input and output. Identify fluid retention.

–Monitor electrolyte levels. Identify imbalance.

–Provide a quiet environment. Reduces stimulation.

–Range of motion exercises (active ...

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