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QOD 69: Mobility and Blood Clots (Cardiac/Basic Care and Comfort)

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Question:

A nurse is teaching a client who has trouble with mobility about how best to decrease the risk of a blood clot. Which of the following statements made by the nurse is correct?

Answer:

A.  “Do not cross your legs when you sit in a chair.”

Rationale: 

A patient with mobility issues is at increased risk of thrombus formation from blood pooling in the extremities and venous stasis. The nurse should advise the client to move the legs and feet as much as possible, even if the patient cannot get up out of bed. The patient should also avoid crossing her legs while sitting, as this can slow venous return to the heart and cause blood to collect in the lower legs.


Date Published - Apr 14, 2016
Date Modified - Jul 13, 2016