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 Friday, September 4, 2015



The Society for Vascular Nursing (SVN) provides materials that educate patients and their families about vascular disease.  A free series of patient education booklets and other useful information is available to medical professionals and their patients.  These materials can be used as a written reference for teaching your patients. The booklets are designed as an introduction to what peripheral vascular disease is and then more specific to the disease process your patient is experiencing. These may also be used as a reference for staff nurses not familiar with PVD and its treatments.

Not intended for resale. 
(Download full pdf files by clicking on the blue buttons to the left)
(If you wish to acquire a large quantity of these booklets please contact the SVN National Office for pricing)

The SVN provides Patient Education Instruction Sheets for patients.
(Download full pdf files located in the left red margin)

Arteriogram: An arteriogram or angiogram is a special x-ray to examine the arteries or blood vessels within your body. It is used to look for blood vessels that have become clogged or blocked. A specially trained physician called an Interventional Radiologist, Cardiologist or Vascular Surgeon does the arteriogram. After injecting an x-ray dye through a needle or small catheter, a series of x-rays of the area are taken. The dye allows the physician to see a “road map” of your arteries.

Compression Paste Bandage: Compression paste bandages are gauze roll bandages saturated with zinc oxide (with or without calamine lotion) used to improve venous circulation, reduce swelling, and promote healing of wounds.

Coumadin: Coumadin® (Warfarin) is an oral anticoagulant. It is a medication that will help thin your blood in order to prevent clots from forming in your blood vessels. It is very important to maintain an adequate level of Coumadin® in your blood. If the level of Coumadin® is too low, your blood may clot in your blood vessels. If the level of Coumadin® is too high, bleeding may occur.

CT Scan: A Computerized Tomography Scan; also called a CT Scan, is a special x-ray that creates multiple pictures of muscle, bone and tissues.  A CT Angiography (CTA) uses contrast and acts like a highlighter as it flows through the arteries and veins.  This is used to evaluate blood vessels, identifying narrowing or abnormalities such as aneurysms.

Tobacco Cessation: Quitting tobacco is a very difficult decision. Ask healthcare providers for information on smoking cessation programs, ways to quit, and medications that may help. Don't give up — if you fail, try again. Practice makes perfect!

Varicose Veins: Varicose veins are dilated, twisting, bulging, discolored veins that are very close to the surface of the skin. Varicose means “dilated and twisted, and that is exactly what varicose veins in the leg look like. The dilated and bulging veins are filled with blood and the pressure in these veins is high because the valves in the veins that help the blood return to the heart are damaged.

The SVN also partners with other organizations to provide patient information:

Blocked Arteries and Veins
Childrens' Vascular Health Activity Book: This vascular health activity book for children ages 5 through 12 teaches children about how our vascular system works and is available free of charge. Provided by the Society for Vascular Surgery

Foot CareFoot Care: The SVN together with the Amputee Coalition urge you to "Take a Seat" – Know your risks for diabetes & amputation.
Provided by the Amputee Coalition