Recognizing Acute Limb Ischemia in Critical Care Patients

Author(s): Pamela Anderson, Terri Townsend

Contact Hours 1.25

CERP A 1.25

Expires Dec 15, 2026

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 and ischemic and nonischemic cardiomyopathy pose a significant risk for peripheral limb embolus. In the critical care setting, acute limb ischemia is not often 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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Successful Completion

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


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.25 contact hours.

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