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Essential facts - Interpreting ankle brachial pressure index

Deborah Ruffá BSc RGNvascular nurse specialist, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS TrustUse of the ankle brachial pressure index (ABPI) is a simple, non-invasive method of identifying arterial insufficiency in a limb. It compares ankle and brachial systolic blood pressures and is an important part of a leg-ulcer assessment. Accurate assessment is necessary to determine aetiology and exclude patients with arterial disease for whom compression may be dangerous.

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