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:


• 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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