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):
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