Fundamentals Question #47


What is the correct position for a client recovering from a mastectomy?


  1. Place the client's arm above the head.
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  2. Place the client's arm on the surgical side on a pillow.
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  3. Place the client in Trendelenburg
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  4. Place the client in high-Fowler position
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The correct option is B. The client’s arm will need to be elevated to decrease the risk of swelling. The surgical site arm would not be elevated above the head at this time. In the recovery period after discharge the client will begin exercises to increase range of motion. Trendelenburg is used for hypotension in a critical care unit. High-Fowler is used for cardiac, respiratory, or neurologic problems, not recovery from a mastectomy.

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