Some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive on our information and support line are in relation to having blood pressure readings, blood samples and injections in limbs that have, or are at risk of developing, lymphoedema. Like so many things to do with the condition, there is little ‘true’ scientific research on the subject, but many individuals and practitioners have used their experience and the little research there is to agree a ‘common sense’ approach to the subject.
The LSN has worked closely with the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Royal College of Nursing to promote the adoption of this guidance as best practice; the following outline the guidelines and the information that underpins them.
Royal College of Anaesthetists (LINK)
Royal College of Nursing PDF
⇒ Reducing the risk of upper limb lymphoedema – Guidance for nurses in acute and community settings