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Nurses' Assessment and Documentation of Peripheral Edema

Welsh, Julie; Arzouman, Jill; Holm, Karyn

Clinical Practice
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THE PURPOSE OF this study was to determine methods used by nurses to assess and document peripheral edema. The sample of 211 nurses at a large urban academic health center completed a survey regarding peripheral edema. Results indicated that nurses used a variety of methods to assess edema and documented their assessments on a number of different forms. Further, many stated that they were not proficient in assessment of edema and expressed the need for clear parameters to guide their practice.

JULIE R. WELSH is a CNS for medicine at the University of Illinois Hospital, Chicago, and has a joint appointment with the University of Illinois College of Nursing. Her clinical background is in medical-surgical nursing with an emphasis in diabetes.

JILL ARZOUMAN was the CNS for surgery at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. At the time of the study, she was a CNS for surgery at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago, and had a joint appointment with the University of Illinois College of Nurse.

KARYN HOLM is a professor and chair of medical-surgical nursing at Loyola University College of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois. Her clinical background is in medical-surgical nursing with an emphasis on cardiovascular nursing and her research focuses on women's health.

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