The surgical nurse is admitting a patient from postanesthetic recovery following the patients below-theknee amputation. The nurse recognizes the patients high risk for postoperative hemorrhage and should keep which of the following at the bedside?

Answer Explanation: Immediate postoperative bleeding may develop slowly or may take the form of massive hemorrhage resulting from a loosened suture. A large tourniquet should be in plain sight at the patients bedside so that, if severe bleeding occurs, it can be applied to the residual limb to control the hemorrhage. PRBCs cannot be kept at the bedside. Vitamin K and protamine sulfate are antidotes to warfarin and heparin, but are not administered to treat active postsurgical bleeding.

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