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Saturday 2 April 2022

Integumentary Disorders Q 4

A male client scheduled for a skin biopsy is concerned and asks the nurse how painful the procedure is. The appropriate response by the nurse is:
    A. “There is no pain associated with this procedure”
    B. “The local anesthetic may cause a burning or stinging sensation”
    C. A preoperative medication will be given so you will be sleeping and will not feel any pain”
    D. “There is some pain, but the physician will prescribe an opioid analgesic following the procedure”

Correct Answer: B. “The local anesthetic may cause a burning or stinging sensation”

Depending on the size and location of the lesion, a biopsy is usually a quick and almost painless procedure. The most common source of pain is the initial local anesthetic, which can produce a burning or stinging sensation.

Option A: A mild pain is experienced during the procedure and the application of a local anesthetic prior to the biopsy normally causes a mild stinging sensation lasting a few seconds.
Option C: Preoperative medication is not necessary with this procedure.
Option D: Opioid analgesics are not recommended for relief of postoperative pain since it can cause respiratory depression. Tylenol (acetaminophen) and application of ice to the area for 10 minutes are some of the pain-relieving measures after a skin biopsy

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