Paracentesis: Nursing Care

by Cathy Parkes June 30, 2022

A patient undergoing a paracentesis (drainage of fluid from the peritoneal cavity using a needle) must empty their bladder prior to the procedure.
A patient undergoing a paracentesis (drainage of fluid from the peritoneal cavity using a needle) must empty their bladder prior to the procedure. Measure the patient's abdominal girth and vital signs before and after the procedure, and assess for signs of hypovolemia.


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