Peripheral Vascular System Assessment

Key Takeaways

  • The peripheral vascular system (PVS) is a continuous network of vessels that carry oxygenated blood away from the heart to the periphery (arteries) and deoxygenated blood back to the heart and to the lungs for reoxygenation (veins).
  • Common symptoms that can be related to the PVS include pain-related sensations, skin discolouration changes, skin temperature changes, edema, and ulcers. 
  • An objective assessment of the PVS includes inspection and palpation of hands and arms; inspection and auscultation of abdominal vasculature areas; and inspection and palpation of feet and legs.
  • Health promotion interventions should be developed in collaboration with the client and focus on what is important to them.


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