The nurse is preparing to ambulate a patient to a chair after a total knee replacement. In order to protect the knee, the nurse should:

Apply a knee immobilizer.

Explanation

• A knee immobilizer will provide stability to the affected knee

• Weight-bearing status should be ordered by the physician. Use of crutches would be dependent on weight-bearing status

• Ice should not be used unless ordered by the physician

• Ortho boots are used for fractures of the foot or ankle

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