Your patient has a history of DVT's. She delivered her baby earlier today and you are caring for her during this postpartum period. During your assessment, you noticed her right posterior tibial and dorsalis pedis pulses are diminished. Which of the following interventions would NOT be appropriate at this time? Select all that apply.


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- Massaging the area

- Ambulation

- Heat packs

- Notifying the MD

- Obtaining a full set of vitals


Massaging a potential clot and ambulation will only significantly increase the risk that this clot moves, which is not what we want as it could move to the lung, brain, etc. During this period of time in which we are not sure of the size of the clot or extent of the situation, ambulation would not be appropriate. Bed rest, heat packs, notifying the MD, and obtaining vitals are all appropriate.


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