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Ankle brachial index versus qualitative pulse assessment in male veterans undergoing arteriotomy

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Cassidy, Virginia R.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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School of Nursing


Arteries--Surgery--Nursing; Pulse--Measurement


The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between qualitative and quantitative peripheral pulse assessment data pre-arteriotomy and post-arteriotomy in a convenience sample of 60 adult males having an elective cardiac catheterization. Using a physiologic framework, two pulse assessments were calculated. A qualitative assessment was achieved by grading the peripheral pulses in the lower extremities on a scale of 0-4 before and after the catheterization. Quantitative data were gathered by calculating an ankle-brachial index (ABI) before and after catheterization. A pre- and post-Pearson product moment correlation coefficient was calculated to determine the degree and direction of the relationship. There was a statistically significant relationship found at the .010 level. The percent of explained variance provided a more clinically usefully representation of the data. The ability of a qualitative method of pulse assessment to predict the actual blood flow as measured by ABI ranged from only 10 to 28 percent.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [46]-47)


v, 69 pages




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