A nurse is caring for a patient who has left-sided weakness due to a stroke. To avoid the risk of disuse syndrome, the nurse should do which of the following? Select all that apply.

Assist with passive and active ROM.
Use boots to prevent foot drop.

Explanation

• Assisting with passive and active ROM and using boots to prevent foot drop are all correct. The other choices can promote disuse syndrome after a stroke 

• Use of boots (foot positioning aids) can reduce the risk of foot drop 

• Passive and active ROM (as tolerated) of the affected areas will help the client to preserve function and mobility 

• The patient should be encouraged to use the weak side (which is the left, not the right) for ADLs as much as tolerated to promote a return to function

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