After spraining their ankle, you are educating your patient on how to care for their sprained ankle at home. Which statement by the nurse is correct?

 

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Correct

- "After wraping your foot in ace wrap you should check your capillary refill."

- "You should ice your foot for 60 minutes then wait another 20 minutes before icing it again."

- "You should put heat on your ankle if you can't handle the cold packs."

- "You should stretch your ankle every day to avoid stiffness."

Rationale

Sprained ankles should be cared for using the mnemonic RICE: Rest Ice Compression and Elevation. The patient should avoid using heat as this will increase the swelling. Patients should not ice anything for longer than 20 minutes at at time.

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