The nurse is caring for a child with osteogenic sarcoma who is scheduled for surgery. Which of the following interventions should be implemented?

Avoid bearing weight on the affected leg

Explanation

•Children with osteogenic sarcoma should not bear weight on the affected extremity while waiting for tests or surgery. The bone is weak due to the aggressive tumor growth and the bone is at risk for fractures.

Incorrect options:

•Massaging and exercising the leg may place too much pressure on the weakened bone.

•Tumors are highly vascular, so the area may be inflamed and feel warm. Using warm compresses would increase inflammation and pain.

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