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A patient's is admitted with complaint of chest pain. The electrocardiogram reveals ST segment elevation. What is the nurse’s priority intervention?
1. Give the patient 162 mg of aspirin.
2. Draw blood for serum cardiac markers.
3. Place the patient on a cardiac monitor.
4. Call for a portable chest x-ray.
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Rationale 1: As soon as the ECG is done the patient should receive aspirin.
Rationale 2: Blood should be drawn for serum cardiac markers, but this is not the priority action.
Rationale 3: The patient should be placed on a cardiac monitor, but this is not the priority intervention.
Rationale 4: A portable chest x-ray will be taken, but this is not the priority intervention.
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