QOD 57: Cardiac Complications Caused by Immobility (Fundamentals/Basic Care and Comfort)

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Question:

A nurse is caring for a patient who has been immobile for the past three weeks while recovering from surgery. The patient has been deteriorating in health because of his lack of activity. Based on the nurse’s knowledge of the effects of immobility, which describes the cardiovascular complications that can develop because of immobility? Select all that apply.

Answer:

C. DVT

D. Hypotension

E. Bradycardia

Rationale: 

Immobility causes complications throughout all body systems; cardiac complications tend to develop because of decreased activity levels and poor tissue perfusion. Examples of cardiovascular complications that can develop include deep vein thrombosis, hypotension, bradycardia, and cardiac arrhythmia.

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