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Am I doing a post angio assessment correctly?

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Specializes in Did the job hop, now in MS. Not Bad!!!!!.

Hi All,

I'm new to this specialty, but also been awhile since I've had time to get back on Allnurses.com. good to see you all again. I write today because I am seeing more and more post angio cath pts on my medsurg/dialysis unit. My question to you all is this:

When a pt is brought to my unit for his/her post op 4-6 hr bedrest and assessments how should I be assessing the cath site for hematoma?

I have heard everything from keeping the sandbag on and vigorously massaging to prevent blood clots, to gently palpating to assure it's simple ecchymosis and not creating hematomas and/or bleeds to visually assessing to assure the pressure dressing remains C/D/I.

Lastly, is this assessment any different from a post angio cath vs a post stent placement? (stupid question?)

Sorry for all the mult questions, but my unit can't seem to answer me!!

Thanks!

Chloe

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