PVD Teaching 2022

SN instructed in possible complication of PVD such as ulcers, cellulites, gangrene, thrombophlebitis, etc. SN instructed patient to walk for at least 15 minutes three to four times per day, gradually increasing her pace and duration of exercise. It is recommended not to cross the legs, which may interfere with blood flow; manage swelling by elevating the feet at rest. Vasodilation can be achieved by providing warmth to the affected extremity and preventing long periods of exposure to cold; maintain a warm environment at home and wear socks or insulated shoes at all times. Never apply direct heat to the limbs, such as with the use of a heating pad or extremely hot water to reduce the risk of burns. Verbalized understanding.