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?

Assess perfusion to the right lower extremity

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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