The nurse is caring for a patient who sustained multiple fractures and a spinal injury from a motor vehicle accident. Which nursing intervention is most important when caring for this patient on bedrest?
• Bedrest increases the risk of developing pressure ulcers. To reduce this risk, the nurse should reposition the patient every two hours, provide a low-air-loss mattress, and promote the use of a trapeze. Frequent repositioning will also help reduce the risk of developing atelectasis in this patient when laying flat
• Elevating the head of
• Promoting independence will prepare the patient for discharge
• Fluid intake should be increased to reduce the risk of