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Question:

A patient complains of pain in their right calf when you carry out hourly rounds post-surgery. As a nursing assistant, what should you do?

A D. Tell the nurse on staff
Explaination

It is probably a sign of DVT post surgery when there is calf pain (especially when in just one leg). Because of this, it must be reported right away. Performing active range of motion might be appropriate, but it’s important to check the cause of the problem first. Selection B should not happen because massaging the leg might put the patient at a greater risk of pulmonary embolism. Selection C of having the patient walk around might be helpful, but again it’s important for the nurse to assist in detecting the situation first.