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QOD 75: Nurse Delegation, Ambulation After Knee Surgery (Prioritization/Delegation/Basic Care and Comfort)

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Question:

A 16-year-old patient needs to get up to ambulate after having knee surgery. A nurse assigns a nursing assistant to ambulate the patient. Which of the following should the nurse consider when delegating this task to the nursing assistant?

Answer:

C.  The nursing assistant may need to use assistive devices, such as a gait belt

Rationale: 

Patient ambulation is an important part of healing, especially after surgery, as it increases patient mobility. A nursing assistant can assist a patient with ambulation when it is delegated by the RN, as long as the patient is stable for walking. The nursing assistant may not administer pain medications prior to ambulation.


Date Published - Apr 22, 2016
Date Modified - Jul 13, 2016