Cardiac Question #17


A nurse caring for a client with peripheral arterial insufficiency determined the nursing diagnosis of altered peripheral arterial insufficiency. Which intervention will be most appropriate for the client?


  1. Elevate his legs and arms above his heart when resting.
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  2. Encourage the client to engage in a moderate amount of exercise.
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  3. Encourage extended periods of sitting or standing.
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  4. Discourage walking in order to limit pain.
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Expected interventions include ambulation for 10-15 minutes three to four times daily with gradual increasing of pace and duration. Regular exercise will be important. Elevation of arms and legs when resting is not the most appropriate intervention. Encouraging extended sitting or standing or discouraging ambulation will not improve peripheral neurovascular function.

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