Narcotic infusion.


I searched on the website about total knee replacement:

There is one sentence - “Once your narcotic infusion is removed, the end of your bed needs to be elevated to assist fluid drainage, which helps reduce leg swelling and pain”.

Before narcotic infusion is removed, why can’t the end of bed be elevated to assist fluid drainage?

There is also Neurovasuclar obs for a patient with total knee replacement at a surgical ward.

The skin color around the knee site is redness due to inflammation following surgery, and the skin color at the toe could be different, such as pale. Due to different color at proximal and distal site, how to document the skin color in the Neurovasuclar obs chart?

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We don't use gtt anymore on hips. they get a single shot block.