A nurse is caring for the client following thyroidectomy and notes that calcium gluconate is prescribed for the client. The nurse determines that this medication has been prescribed to:
Treat hypocalcemic tetany
Rational:HYpocalcemia can develop after thyroidectomy if the parathyroid glands are are removed accidentaly removed during surgery. Manifestations develops numbness and tingling around the mouth, fingertips or toes, muscle spasm, or twitching, the physician is notified immediatly.calcium gluconate should be kept at the bedside.