Integumentary Disorders Q 67 - Gyan Darpan : Learning Portal
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Friday 1 April 2022

Integumentary Disorders Q 67

The nurse prepares discharge instructions for a male client following cryosurgery for the treatment of a malignant skin lesion. Which of the following should the nurse include in the instruction?
    A. Avoid showering for 7 to 10 days
    B. Apply ice to the site to prevent discomfort
    C. Apply alcohol-soaked dressing twice a day
    D. Clean the site with hydrogen peroxide to prevent infection

Correct Answer: D. Clean the site with hydrogen peroxide to prevent infection

Cryosurgery involves the local application of liquid nitrogen to isolated lesions and causes cell death and tissue destruction. The nurse informs the client that swelling and increased tenderness of the treated area can occur when the skin thaws. Tissue freezing is followed by hemorrhagic blister formation in 1 to 2 days. The nurse instructs the client to clean the treatment site with hydrogen peroxide to prevent secondary infection. A topical antibiotic also may be prescribed.

Option A: The client does not need to avoid showering.
Option B: Application of a warm, damp washcloth intermittently to the site will provide relief from any discomfort.
Option C: Alcohol-soaked dressings will cause irritation.

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