In order to help prevent the development of an external rotation deformity of the hip in a pt who must remain in bed for any period of time, the most appropriate nursing action would be to use.
A. A trochanter roll extending from the crest of the ilium to the midthigh.
B. Pillows under the lower legs
C. A hip abductor pillow
D. A Foot board
A trochanter roll, properly placed, provides resistance to the external roatation of the hip. Pillows under the legs will not prevent the hips from rotating externally. A hip abductor pillow is used for the pt. after total hip replacement surgery. A footboard will not prevent the hips from rotating externally.