Dear Nurses

Friday, September 15, 2006

HOW GOOD ARE YOUR CIRCULATORY ASSESSMENT SKILLS


HI NURSES,

WHEN YOUR PATIENT HAS HAD A FRACTURE OF AN EXTREMITY AND A PLASTER CAST HAS BEEN PUT IN PLACE , DO YOU KNOW HOW TO CHECK FOR GOOD CIRCULATION? HERE ARE A FEW HELPFUL POINTERS:
-FOLLOW MD ORDERS
- CHECK THE FINGERS OR TOES FOR PULSES,WARMTH AND COLOR.
- CHECK FOR MOVEMENT, SWELLING AND PAIN.
- MONITOR AND REPORT INCREASED SWELLING, LOSS OF SENSATION AND COOLNESS AS THESE ARE WARNING SIGNS OF POOR CIRCULATION.
- ACT FAST TO REPORT ANY UNUSUAL FINDINGS AS THIS MAY RESULT IN UNNECESSARY AMPUTATION OF A LIMB.
- ALSO REMEMBER TO ELEVATE THE AFFECTED EXTREMITY ON PILLOWS AS THIS WILL HELP TO REDUCE SWELLING.
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