1. Hi everyone, I have a test next week but i am finding a hard time understanding peripheral vascular disease and diabetes.Are there any basic principles i should concentrate on?I did well in my test this week on alterations in respiration etc in children, but now i feel so lost with this info for next week.Is there anyone who can help me?
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  3. by   Daytonite
    here are some links. i've also given you the link to the medline plus home page. if you do a search for "diabetes" a lot of links to more information should come up for you to explore.

    medline plus http://www.medlineplus.gov/

    http://diabetes.org/home.jsp - the american diabetes association home page

    http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/root/vu...linic&doc=5555 - "learn about diabetes" from vanderbilt eskind diabetes center

    http://www-medlib.med.utah.edu/webpa.../diabetes.html - diabetes tutorial from the university of utah school of medicine with links to slides of tissues

    http://diabetes.healthcentersonline.com/ - diabetes health online. has a lot of good information on the types of dm, signs and symptoms, diet and nutrition, insulin and other drugs used to treat it, procedures and tests as well as animations about disease conditions related to diabetes.
  4. by   Nrs_angie

    I am a new RN (just passed boards this week! yay!) on a Vascular med-surg unit. And I just completed a learning module for new orientees on Peripheral Aterial Disease or formerly known as PVD (peripheral vascular disease).

    I would recommend that you know what causes it ( arteriosclerosis ) and risk factors ( tobacco use, obesity, renal disorders, diabetes, family history, and increased BP, or increased lipids ).

    An important concept is to be able to identify venous ulcers vs. arterial ulcers. Know how to assess and rate pulses, and edema. Also know what claudication and rest pain are. And finally, be familiar with some of the diagnostic tests such as angiograms, venous duplex, and LEADS (lower extremity arterial doppler). Lastly, know the treatments and appropriate teaching for the patients.

    Have any more questions, I'll try to help if i can.

    Angie :mortarboard: