A patient has developed thrombophlebitis of the left leg. Which nursing intervention should be given the highest priority?
A. Elevate leg on 2 pillows
B. Apply support stockings
C. Apply warm compresses
D. Maintain complete bed rest
The correct answer is A: Elevate leg on 2 pillows
The first goal of nonpharmacologic interventions is to minimize edema of the affected extremity by leg elevation.