Had a pt. s/p surgery with a PCEA in the thoractic region. Anesthesia gave orders for ambulation. Some nurses were for it, some were against.
Right now there is no policy at my job.
What would you have done?
The doc said due to the cath being in the thoractic region versus the lumbar it would be much more safe for the pt. to ambulate.
I've researched online and haven't had much success getting a clear answer on whether it is the best thing for the pt. or not?
I spoke to the NM and anesthesia to write a policy on this.