A patient returns to the nursing unit after undergoing a cardiac catheterization using the femoral insertion site. After the procedure, the nurse should avoid


• After a cardiac catheterization using the femoral artery, the patient should remain on flat bedrest and be reminded not to flex or move the affected extremity after the sheath removal. Doing so may result in hemorrhage or arterial occlusion. The site is monitored for bleeding or hematoma and kept immobilized for a few hours.

• Incorrect: Fluids are encouraged after any procedure that uses contrast dye.

• Incorrect: Assessing the motor function of the patient's foot is important to confirm adequate perfusion.

• Incorrect: Medications should be resumed to treat all other diseases and conditions.

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