The nurse is preparing a middle-aged female for a total knee replacement (TKR) surgery on her left leg tomorrow. Which statement by the nurse is incorrect?

  • “Have you had a cold within the past 2 weeks?”
  • “You will receive a dose of an antibiotic before surgery.”
  • “When you need to urinate the first night you’ll need to use a fracture pan.”
  • “You should ask for medication when you are in pain.”
Number 3 is correct.
Post TKR surgery a client will be asked to ambulate the day of surgery, making a fracture pan unnecessary. Having a cold or infection of any kind up to 2 weeks prior to surgery may be a contraindication for surgery. Standard practice is to administer a preoperative antibiotic. Pain medication is routinely ordered post-op and is administered as needed by the client.