The nurse walks into the room to check on the patient and finds her massaging her leg. When questioned about it, she says, “It just hurts a little.” Assessment reveals decreased pedal pulse in that leg, with a red, hot, tender area on the midcalf. The nurse suspects thrombophlebitis. What conditions might contribute to this complication? What patient teaching and/or instructions should the patient have received to lessen the possibility of this happening?

The nurse walks into the room to check on the patient and finds her massaging her leg. When questioned about it, she says, “It just hurts a little.” Assessment reveals decreased pedal pulse in that leg, with a red, hot, tender area on the midcalf. The nurse suspects thrombophlebitis.

  1. What conditions might contribute to this complication?
  2. What patient teaching and/or instructions should the patient have received to lessen the possibility of this happening?
  3. What nursing diagnoses are appropriate in this case (both before and after)?

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