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NCLEX Practice: Chest Pain Priority Question?

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NCLEX Practice Question

A 45-year-old patient with a history of hypertension and type 2 diabetes mellitus presents to the emergency department with complaints of severe chest pain that radiates to the left arm and jaw. The patient appears diaphoretic and anxious.

Vital signs include a blood pressure of 180/100 mm Hg, heart rate of 110 beats per minute, respiratory rate of 24 breaths per minute, and oxygen saturation of 94% on room air. An ECG shows ST-segment elevation in leads II, III, and aVF. The nurse should prioritize which of the following interventions?

A) Administering an analgesic for pain relief

B) Initiating fibrinolytic therapy

C) Obtaining a complete blood count (CBC)

D) Administering sublingual nitroglycerin

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