What is the purpose of anti-embolism stockings?
A client who's scheduled for open-heart surgery in 2 days has been having circulation problems in the feet and legs. The physician orders anti-embolism stockings. The nurse is teaching the client about this treatment.
A. To decrease arterial blood circulation to the legs and feet B. To decrease venous blood circulation from the legs and feet C. To reduce or prevent edema of the legs and feet D. To maintain warmth in the legs
To reduce or prevent edema of the legs and feet-rationale: made of elastic material, antiembolism stockings are designed to reduce or prevent edema of the legs or feet by promoting venous return. they do this by increasing not decreasing arterial and venous blood circulation to the legs and feet. they dont maintain warmth in the legs. blankets can be used for this purpose.client needs category: physiological integrityclient needs subcategory: physiological adaptationcognitive level: knowledgereference: craven, r.f., and hirnle, c.j. fundamentals of nursing: human health and function, 5th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2007, p. 897.