A nurse is preparing discharge instructions for a client with a below-the-knee amputation. Which instruction would be a priority ?

  • sterile wound management
  • elevation of residual limb
  • performing prescribed exercises
  • reporting occurrence of phantom limb pain immediately
Number 3 is correct.
The nurse should advise the client to exercise as instructed to prevent contracture formation. Aseptic dressing wound management is acceptable. Elevation of the residual limb should be avoided to prevent contracture formation. As phantom limb pain is common, reporting on an imminent basis is unnecessary.