The nurse is assessing the crutches of a 27-year-old with a fractured ankle. The crutches are fitted properly if:

The elbows are at a 30 degree angle when the patient's hands grasp the handgrips


•For proper use of crutches, the elbows should be at a 30 degree angle when the handgrips are held.

•The pads need to be 3 finger widths below the axillae.

•When ambulating, all the weight should be on the hands, not the axillae.

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