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Paucis Verbis card: Acute limb ischemia

Posted Aug 13 2010 12:00am

Acute limb ischemia (ALI) is a true vascular emergency. It doesn't occur as frequently as the more high-profile conditions as cerebrovascular accidents and acute myocardial infarcts, but it portends similarly high morbidity and mortality risk.
  • How do you stage a patient with ALI, based on the Rutherford classification system?
  • What is the ED treatment plan?
  • Should this patient go to Interventional Radiology or the Operating Room for more definitive management?

Here is the Rutherford Classification table in higher resolution (click to enlarge):


Feel free to download this card and print on a 4'' x 6'' index card.
[ MS Word ] [ PDF ]

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