A nurse has just received report on all four of his patients for his upcoming shift on a medical/surgical floor. Which of the patients should the nurse attend to first?
a 55-year-old who is 24 hours post operative for a bilateral mastectomy complaining of pain that is 6 out of 10
a 72-year-old with COPD complaining of worsening dyspnea
a 63-year-old with atrial fibrillation treated with digoxin and metoprolol who is in a normal rate and rhythm
a 70-year-old who is 12 hours post operative for a total left knee replacement who has some serosanguinous oozing from the incision
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