The nurse is caring for a patient who underwent an angioplasty of the iliac artery. In order to assess for bleeding, the nurse should

measure abdominal girth

Explanation

• After an angioplasty of the iliac artery, internal bleeding may develop and accumulate in the retroperitoneal space. Measuring abdominal girth is the best way to assess blood accumulation.

• Incorrect: Auscultating the iliac artery and palpating for pulses are done to confirm arterial patency.

• Incorrect: Mild abdominal pain is expected.

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