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- Aug 4, '12 by MelinaA calf BP can be significantly higher due to calcification of the lower extremity arteries. We see this all the time when taking ABIs for wound assessment. I would be hesitant to to use this to take a patient off pressors. I'm interested as well to hear why there was no a-line.
- Aug 6, '12 by ozarkmommaA couple things to add... the bp in the lower ext will depend on other health issues like PVD. Ive used that to adjust pressors in a pinch, but its not optimal. Ca or renal failure keep you from using the upper ext. A Lines are not always available, nor do the Drs always want them in... so you work with what you have. I say know your pt. If you get a higher bp in the lower ext, there is something wrong with that, and its not a good number to titrate by.
- Nov 16, '12 by expatRNdkArteriel lines are a must if the patient requires inotropika/pressors. It's a non-issue at my facility. There can be major discrepancies betweein invasive BT and NIBT.