Greg, our vascular surgeons order ankle pvrs and pressures on patients with known dvt frequently. I also have co-medical directors. One is an interventional radiologist and the other is a vascular internist. We do not have this debate because our radiologists have nothing to do with our pvrs/abi's. They are all read by the vascular docs.
Chris Willis RVT
Eastern Maine Medical Center
Bangor, Maine 04401
Phone: (207) 973-7471
Fax: (207) 973-7450
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Sent: Fri 5/7/2010 9:52 AM
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Subject: TO ABI OR NOT TO ABI...
I always read the flow but I don't always participate, I feel the interested in what we might have to say about this subject.
My lab has co-medical directors, interventionalist and vascular surgeon. The question was brought up... do you perform an ABI on a patient positive for DVT. A fairly heated discussion followed from 3 surgeons and 1 interventionalist very firmly divided on the subject. For all the obvious reasons. Possible to cause P.E., the need to know of arterial complications. Would an ankle pressure really be enough to cause P.E., Blah blah, blah. We all know there are good arguments for both schools of thought.
What do you think, and does your lab have a set protocol? ( I think it should be different depending on each particular case, extent of DVT, other complications...ect.
Just wondering if it will spark the same intensity of debate for one side or the other.
Greg Ruhland RVT
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