A patient with a history of multiple pulmonary emboli is scheduled for an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter placement.  The nurse explains to the patient that the purpose of an IVC filter is to


• An IVC filter is a vascular filter that is implanted in the inferior vena cava and used to trap emboli floating in the vena cava.  These filters can be temporary or permanent. It helps prevent pulmonary emboli by preventing any circulating clots from traveling to the lungs.

• Incorrect: An IVC filter does not dissolve clots or prevent clot formation.

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