The nurse in an extended care facility is planning the daily activities of a patient with postpolio syndrome. The nurse recognizes the patient will best benefit from physical therapy when it is scheduled at what time?

Answer Explanation: Important activities for patients with postpolio syndrome should be planned for the morning, as fatigue often increases in the afternoon and evening.

A patient who was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease several months ago recently began treatment with levodopa-carbidopa. The patient and his family are excited that he has experienced significant symptom relief. The nurse should be aware of what implication of the patients medication regimen?

Answer Explanation: The beneficial effects of levodopa therapy are most pronounced in the first year or two of treatment. Benefits begin to wane and adverse effects become more severe over time. However, a honeymoon period of treatment is not known.

The infectious control nurse is presenting a program on West Nile virus for a local community group. To reduce the incidence of this disease, the nurse should recommend what action?

Answer Explanation: West Nile virus is transmitted by mosquitoes, which become infected by biting birds that are infected with the virus. Prevention of mosquito bites can reduce the risk of contracting the disease. Handwashing and bandaging open wounds are appropriate general infection control measures, but these actions do not specifically prevent West Nile virus for which no vaccine currently exists.