Our hospital based vascular lab (an ICAVL lab under the direction of
Jeffrey DeCaprio, MD.,R.V.T.,F.A.C.S.) presented a free community talk/ABI
on P.A.D. We had a great turnout with alot of positive feedback. The
program was a two hour power point presentation about peripheral arterial
disease awareness with the ABI to follow by setting up an appointment at a
later time. Numerous patient education brochures as well as P.A.D. brochures
were also given to participants.
1. Awareness of peripheral arterial disease and its associstion w/stroke and
2. Risk factors for P.A.D.(diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol levels,
3. Signs and symptoms of chronic vs. acute arterial occlusion
4. Consequences of delaying medical care for peripheral arterial disease
5. Pharmacology treatment
6. Treatment options available (bypass, Silverhawk-plaque removal)
7. Diabetic foot care
8. Wound care/hyperbaric treatment
Coming from a nursing background and through my years as a RVT, I have
found that many patients do not understand the seriousness of peripheral
arterial disease. For this reason we presented a program that involved a
podiatrist, wound care specialist, vascular surgeon, hyperbaric nurse and a
Our goal was to provide the participants with a better understanding of how
to identify the disease, treatment options available and the consequences if
the problem is ignored.
The Society for Vascular Ultrasound urged its member to get involved with
the "Stay in Circulation" campaign. You can go to their website to obtain the
information you need to provide a vascular screening. Also, ICAVL has a
section on screenings.
I will be glad to fax you a copy of my outline for the program, if you would like.
So far, we have performed 20 ABI's and have found two patients with an ABI
<0.50 and two with moderate level disease. After completion of the ABI
portion, we will follow-up with the abnormal findings.
Brenda Strickland RN,RVT
Technical Director Wadley Regional Medical Center Vascular Lab
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