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The electrocardiogram of a patient in distress reveals the presence of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia. The cardiologist has consequently ordered adenosine, an unclassified antidysrhythmic that is specific to the treatment of this disorder. The nurse should prepare to facilitate what intervention?
A)Cardiac catheterization
B)Inserting a central venous catheter
C)Holter monitoring
D)Nonstress testing
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Abrams' Clinical Drug Therapy: Rationales for Nursing Practice
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Adenosine has a very short duration of action (serum half-life of less than 10 seconds) and a high degree of effectiveness. It must be given by a rapid bolus injection, preferably through a central venous line. Cardiac catheterization is not indicated in this patient's care. Holter monitoring and nonstress testing are not used in the immediate assessment of patients in cardiac decompensation.

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