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The nurse is assigned to a 70-pound client in skin traction. The nurse plans care to maintain effective countertraction by doing which of the following?

1. Elevating the head of the bed
2. Adding weights to the existing traction
3. Placing the bed in Trendelenburg position
4. Keeping the bed flat


Countertraction will prevent the client from sliding to the foot of the bed. This can be achieved with Trendelenburg position of the bed or raising the foot of the bed slightly if the client's body weight is not sufficient. The other options do not add to countertraction. This question assesses knowledge of traction and countertraction.


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