A 50-year-old male presents to the community clinic. He has just relocated to the area and has no primary provider. He is a long distance truck driver and requires a physical examination to maintain his continued employment.

Physical examination demonstrates a BMI of 33, blood pressure of 180/90 mm Hg, diminished femoral pulses and bilateral varicose veins with 1+ pitting edema in both ankles. He has a 30 year history of smoking two packs of cigarettes per day.

Initial Discussion Post:

  • What additional information is needed from the patient history and physical assessment to determine if this patient has arterial or venous insufficiency?
  • Compare and contrast evidence based nursing interventions for the patient diagnosed with arterial insufficiency and the patient diagnosed with venous insufficiency.

Base your initial post on your readings and research of this topic. Your initial post must contain a minimum of 250 words.

References, citations, and repeating the question do not count towards the 250 word minimum.

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