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Orthopedic Care: Nursing Considerations

The purpose of this educational activity is to enable the learner to identify best practices for nurses when caring for an individual with orthopedic concerns.


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Learning Objectives

At the completion of this educational activity, the learner will be able to:

  1. Select two (2) positioning precautions to prevent dislocation following a total hip arthroplasty.
  2. Identify three (3) complications that may occur following total joint replacement.
  3. List three (3) complications that may occur in the elderly population following limb amputation.

Learning Outcome

At the completion of this educational activity, the learner will be able to demonstrate knowledge about orthopedic nursing care by passing a quiz with 85% or greater accuracy.


Lois Platt, MSN, RN

Ms. Platt has had extensive experience in a variety of health care settings, including as Staff Development Coordinator in a Long-Term Care facility in Arizona. She also worked as a Term Assistant Professor of Nursing for the University of Alaska Anchorage AAS Nursing Program for many years as well as coordinating and teaching the Certified Nursing Assistant Program in Valdez, Alaska. Prior to entering nursing education, Ms. Platt worked in both staff nurse and Clinical Resource Manager positions in a small Critical Access Hospital in rural Alaska. Her work experience also includes staff and charge nurse positions in an Intensive Care Unit in Connecticut. Ms. Platt obtained a Diploma in nursing from Joseph Lawrence School of Nursing in New London, Connecticut; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, Connecticut; and a Master of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska.

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Orthopedic Care: Nursing Considerations


Orthopedic disorders are one of the most common diagnoses that bring individuals to a nursing home for rehabilitative care. To provide safe care that promotes rehabilitative efforts, the nurse must be knowledgeable about best practices of orthopedic care and how to recognize signs and symptoms of complications. This educational activity provides guidelines for care of individuals following a total joint replacement or amputation.

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