A patient has developed a pressure ulcer on his ankle from being in bed and lying in the same position for too long. The wound has become infected over time, and the patient eventually developed cellulitis. Which nursing intervention would be most appropriate in this situation?

 

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- Elevate the extremity and keep the skin off of the bed

- Increase the patients level of activity to promote circulation

- Check the patients skin for signs of incontinence

- Reposition the patient in bed every 4 hours

Rationale

A patient with a pressure ulcer should not only have treatment of the wound, but the nurse should also take measures to prevent the skin breakdown in other areas. This involves repositioning the patient every 2 hours, monitoring the skin, and keeping high-risk areas off of the bed.

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