The nurse is caring for an elderly client who is 1 day post–hip replacement surgery. Which nursing interventions should be included on the care plan?

Select all that apply.
  1. apply compression stockings
  2. ambulate with walker
  3. encourage coughing and deep breathing every 2 hours
  4. limit fluid intake
Numbers 1, 2, and 3 are correct.
Rationale: Applying compression stockings will assist in preventing a deep vein thrombosis. Ambulation post-surgery with a walker is done to prevent complications of immobility. Coughing and deep breathing will facilitate oxygenation of the body after receiving anesthesia. Fluid intake need not be restricted post-op and may be encouraged depending on the client’s medical history.