Joan Smith 1. Final diagnosis a. Pulmonary arterial embolism 2. Treatment a. The treatment is to focus on preventing future pulmonary em- bolisms by taking an anticoagulant. 3. Prognosis a. 77% to 94% survival rate 4. Prevention a. Taking blood thinners- medication given to people at risk for clots before and after surgery b. Compression stocking- they steadily squeeze your legs helping your veins and leg muscles move blood more efficiently. c. Leg elevation- elevating your legs when possible and during the night, above your heart can help with blood flow. d. Physical activity- Moving as soon as possible after surgery can help prevent pulmonary embolism and hasten recovery overall. This is the main reason nurses push you to get up so quickly af- ter surgery. Margaret Wright: 1.
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