Clot on the Loose: Recognizing Acute Limb Ischemia in Critical Care Patients

Author(s): Anderson Pamela S

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Dec 31, 2025

Topics: MultiSystem

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Atrial fibrillation, ischemic and non-ischemic cardiomyopathy pose significant risk for peripheral limb embolus. In the critical care setting, acute limb ischemia is often not recognized until irreversible ischemia has occurred, leading to amputation. This intermediate session provides assessment techniques for nurses to recognize an ischemic limb and anticipate treatment options.


  • Describe two symptoms of acute limb ischemia.
  • Identify one surgical treatment for an acutely ischemic extremity.
  • Explain the difference between a monophasic and triphasic Doppler signal.

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Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


This activity has been reviewed by the Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias. No conflicts of interest have been identified for any individual with the ability to influence the content of this activity. Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN or ANCC approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation, ANCC Provider Number 0012. AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Nursing (CBRN), California Provider number CEP 1036. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

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