A nurse is caring for an 8-year-old with increased intracranial pressure. Which of the following statements by the parents would indicate the need for additional teaching about the reason for elevating the head of the bed between 15 and 30 degrees?

Reduces the risk of DVTs

Explanation

• DVTs are prevented with the use of anticoagulation, compression stockings, sequential compression devices, and exercise. Having the head of the bed at 15 to 30 degrees will not affect the risk of DVTs.

• A patient with increased intracranial pressure should have their bed elevated 15 to 30 degrees. This will help increase venous outflow, which decreases ICP.

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