Nursing Student Needs Help With Ortho Assessment
- 0Oct 4, '04 by KrystenMy instructer wants us to do a complete orthopedic assessment and than a orthopedic assessment of a pt who has a fracture hip and shoulder. My question... is there a different type of assessment on a person who has a fracture hip and shoulder than a general orth assessment? also are there any websites for a orth assessment? Thank you
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- 0Sep 15, '08 by elefantasticmaybe your instructor means doing an assessment of the patients extremity for color, pulses, sensation, movement, etc.. that isn't part of a "normal" assessment, but after surgery to a body part it's important to look at. like for a knee replacement, you'd look for pedal pulses, movement of the foot/toes, skin color, capillary refill, you'd ask the patient if they had any numbness/tingling in the extremity. if the patient is in a cast following surgery, you'd probably want to do neurovascular checks for 24hrs following surgery, to make sure the cast isn't so tight it's impeding on circulation/etc.. hope this helps!