When you're talking about positioning, what is the difference between the terms "dependent" and "nondependent"?
Probably a dumb question, I know...
Just means to elevate it. Dependent edema goes to the lowest parts of your body when you are standing or sitting. A body part is nondependent when it is higher than it usually is, like up on pillows or in traction. Your feet are in the nondependent position when you sit up with them on a foot stool, but they probably aren't higher than your heart.
Last edit by beth66335 on Feb 29, '08