The nurse is caring for a client with an infected leg wound. The client develops a fever of 102°F. Which action by the nurse is the priority for this client?

  1. obtain a wound culture
  2. administer acetaminophen
  3. administer IV antibiotic as scheduled
  4. perform the scheduled dressing change
Number 3 is correct.
Rationale: Administering the IV antibiotic is the priority because it will treat the infection that is causing the fever. Giving an antipyretic should follow the IV antibiotic. Since the client has scheduled antibiotics, a wound culture is not necessary. The dressing change is important but should be performed after the antibiotic is administered.