The nurse is working with a client who experiences orthostatic hypotension. Which suggestion would benefit the client?

  • “Sleep completely flat and do not use any pillows to prop your head.”
  • “Wear your support stockings when you sleep.”
  • “Take your blood pressure medicine immediately before trying to stand up.”
  • “Do not drink any liquids after 8 p.m.”
Number 2 is correct.
Orthostatic hypotension is a condition in which one experiences low blood pressure when sitting or standing suddenly after lying down. The nurse should suggest the client wear support stockings, which will encourage venous return and prevent blood from pooling in the legs.