"Dont massage their legs because they can go into cariac arrest."
I have gathered this advice from several authorities
including my first teacher and one clients own doctor.
If a patient is sedentary for too long you could set a blood clot loose
that goes into their brain or their heart
and this is dangerous.
"It takes a doctor's order to massage their legs."
My question is about why I've seen charge nurses and other professionals massaging the legs of elderly
patients and they don't have any explanation for this.
They make no mention of a doctor's order and they
don't say anything about the condition of the patient or how they can tell if this is even safe.
One charge nurse said, "No," that this is not dangerous,
even when the supervisor of our department had told us to, "be careful around their legs,"
over and over.
Can anyone out there tell me why R.N.s and physical therapists massage the patients' legs
and they seem to have no doctor's order
for it and don't have any justification for it.