Identify environmental factors that increase risk for falls.
Monitor gait, balance, and fatigue level with ambulation.
Collaborate with physical therapy to provide patient with walker.
Assist the patient with ambulation to bathroom and in halls.
Wear a hip protector when ambulating.
Remove throw rugs and other obstacles at home.
Exercise will help build your strength.
You should expect a few bumps and bruises when you go home.
When you are tired, you should rest.
The patient has bowing of both legs and the knees are asymmetric.
The base of the patient’s skull is invaginated (platybasia).
The patient is only 5 feet tall and weighs 120 pounds.
The patient’s skull is soft, thick, and larger than normal.
Administers 600 mg of ibuprofen to the patient
Encourages the patient to perform PT recommended exercises
Applies ice and gentle massage to the patient’s lower extremities
Reminds the patient to drink milk and eat cottage cheese
A 35-year-old patient with osteomyelitis who needs teaching prior to hyperbaric oxygen therapy
A 62-year-old patient with osteomalacia who is being discharged to a long-term care facility
A 68-year-old patient with osteoporosis and a new orthotic device whose knowledge of use of this device must be assessed.
A 72-year-old patient with Paget’s disease who has just returned from surgery for total knee replacement
Temperature 99.90 F
Blood pressure 136/80
Heart rate 96/minute
Respiratory rate 24/minute