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The nurse is caring for a patient with thrombocytopenia who has developed epistaxis. In order to stop the bleeding, the patient should

Explanation

• To help stop epistaxis (nose bleed), the patient should sit upright while leaning forward slightly. This helps avoid aspiration of blood and increasing pressure in the nose.

• Lying down or supine will increase the risk of aspiration.

• Bending at the waist increases pressure of the vascular system and will increase bleeding.

• Blowing will dislodge the clot and increase bleeding.

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