QOD 47: DVT Prevention (Cardiac/Basic Care and Comfort)

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Question:

A nurse is preparing to apply thigh-high anti-embolism stockings to a patient with a history of DVT. The nurse notes that the patients legs have different measurements. Which response from the nurse is appropriate?

Answer:

B.  Choose antiembolism stockings of different sizes

Rationale: 

Before applying antiembolism stockings, the nurse must measure the size of the client’s legs. Occasionally, the measurements will be different between the legs and the nurse must use two different sizes of stockings. As long as the client is otherwise stable, the nurse can just choose a stocking of a different size.

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