The nurse is teaching an orientee RN about fractures. Which of the following statements made by the new graduate nurse indicates that teaching has been effective?


• Early ambulation is important after any surgery. With hip fractures, hip pinning may be performed. Nurses should initiate weight-bearing ambulation as prescribed by the physician.

• Compartment syndrome occurs when pressure increases inside a body compartment and impedes blood flow, leading to ischemia. Damage is irreversible after 4 to 6 hours.

• The continuous passive motion device should be used in combination with physical therapy.

• Fat emboli are most common in long bone fractures (like the femur).

• Heparin therapy is important in the prevention of thromboembolism, especially after surgical repairs of fractures.

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