What actions should the nurse take?
The nurse cares for patient placed in balanced suspension traction with a Thomas splint and Pearson attachment because of a fractured right femur. The nurse notes that the patient's left leg is externally rotated.
Place a trochanter roll on the outer aspect of the thigh.
Strategy: Answers are implementations. Determine the outcome of each answer choice. Is it desired?
(1) correctholds hip in neutral position and leg in normal alignment, entire weight of leg cannot be held by props placed below knee
(2) exercise would not prevent future external rotation of the leg
(3) adduction (add to midline of body) does not change external rotation, internal rotation is not beneficial, normal alignment is required
(4) leg will externally rotate unless propped in proper alignment