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.

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