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The nurse is assessing a patient after she underwent a renal arteriogram. The nurse is palpating the right groin access site for complications when the patient suddenly complains of right calf pain. What should the nurse do first?

Explanation

• The arterial circulation to the right lower extremity could be compromised due to the procedure. The nurse should assess pulses and capillary refill of the right foot.

• Sepsis does not present with calf pain.

• The leg should remain straight after the procedure to promote coagulation of the access site.

• Vital signs should be assessed, but they are not a priority at this time.

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