A nurse is assessing the neurovascular status of a patient who has had a leg cast recently applied. The nurse is unable to palpate the patients dorsalis pedis or posterior tibial pulse and the patients foot is pale. What is the nurses most appropriate action?
Answer Explanation: Signs of neurovascular dysfunction warrant immediate medical follow-up. It would be unsafe to delay. Warming the foot or repositioning the patient may be of some benefit, but the care provider should be informed first.