PASSIVE ROM FOR KNEE/ANKLE

  1. Explains procedure, speaking clearly, slowly and directly, maintaining face-to-face contact whenever possible
  2. Privacy is provided with a curtain, screen, or door
  3. Instructs client to inform nurse aide if pain is experienced during exercise
  4. Supports leg at knee and ankle while performing range of motion for knee
  5. Bends the knee and then returns leg to client’s normal position (extension/flexion) (AT LEAST 3 TIMES unless pain is verbalized)
  6. Supports foot and ankle close to the bed while performing range of motion for ankle
  7. Pushes/pulls foot toward head (dorsiflexion), and pushes/pulls foot down, toes point down (plantar flexion) (AT LEAST 3 TIMES unless pain is verbalized)
  8. While supporting the limb, moves joints gently, slowly, and smoothly through the range of motion, discontinuing exercise if client verbalizes pain
  9. Signaling device is within reach and bed is in low position
  10. Washes hands