Create an account
Sequence of Peripheral Pulse Site
Temporal, Carotid, Brachial, Radial, Ulnar, Femoral, Popliteal, Posterior Tibial, Dorsalis Pedis
Where do you palpate for edema in the legs?
Over tibia, behind medial malleolus, and on dorsum of each foot looking for pitting (depression)
Inspecting upper extremities perform the following.
Capillary Refill (brisk?), Palpate radial, Ulnar, and Brachial pulses
What is the Allen's test
When using two thumbs & applying pressure of patients Ulnar artery & Radial artery, while patient makes a fist. Release pressure to ensure blood refill back in hand.
What would be considered subjective data on a patient pertaining to the lower extremities
Medication (BCP, leg pain, cramps, or tingling.
When performing physical examination of the legs be sure to
Inspect and palpate the legs, capillary refill, Homan's sign, palpate all peripheral pulses & check for pretibial & medial malleolus for edema.
What is the mechanism of venous flow?
Skeletal muscle pressure, Inspiration (Thoracic & Abdominal pressure), Intraluminal valves.
When checking temperature on the lower extremities
Check with both side at same time with dorsal region of hand.
In the elderly, they tend to experience
Loss of hair on legs, thin shiny skin, dorsalis pedis and posterior tibial pulses are more difficult to palpate, increased risk of venous thrombosis & Arteriosclerosis.
Arteriosclerosis can be defined as
Peripheral blood vessels more rigid. Occur in mostly the elderly.
It would be abnormal to find
Raynaud's disease, a disease that occurs from being in cold for long periods of time.
Compression therapy, the cornerstone of treatment for venous insufficiency, can cause tissue necrosis and ulceration in patients with underlying arterial disease.
Please allow access to your computer’s microphone to use Voice Recording.
Having trouble? Click here for help.
We can’t access your microphone!
Click the icon above to update your browser permissions and try again
Reload the page to try again!Reload
Press Cmd-0 to reset your zoom
Press Ctrl-0 to reset your zoom
It looks like your browser might be zoomed in or out. Your browser needs to be zoomed to a normal size to record audio.
Please upgrade Flash or install Chrome
to use Voice Recording.
For more help, see our troubleshooting page.
Your microphone is muted
For help fixing this issue, see this FAQ.
Star this term
You can study starred terms together