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1

What is the adrenal gland

glands that produce hormones such as cortisol and aldosterone

2

What does Cortisol do

steroid that treats inflammation

3

What does Aldosterone do

regulates salt and water in the body, thus regulating BP

4

What is Addison's Crisis

Life-threatening disorder caused by adrenal insufficiency

5

What are causes of Addison's Crisis

-infection
-stress, trauma
-abrupt discontinuation of corticosteroids (cortisol)

6

What will happen to the cardiovascular system with Addison's Crisis

-severe hypotension
-dysrhythmias (hyperkalemia)
-shock

7

Other S/S of Addison's Crisis

-weakness, fatigue
-nausea, vomiting
-dehydration

8

Nursing care for a patient with Addison's Crisis

-monitor sighs of shock (decreased LOC, urine output)
-monitor dysrhythmias due to hyperkalemia
-monitor V/S, I&O, weight

9

What should be provided for a patient with Addison's Crisis

bed rest and quiet environment