Tell me what you know about your SCD’s, ted hose, why we elevate your legs, importance of mobility, and circulation. Circulation is blood flow and blood return. It is most difficult for blood to return back to the heart from your hands/fingers, and feet/toes. Certain s/s can indicate how well your blood is circulating like color, temperature, cap refill, sensation and edema. When blood isn’t circulating like it should your distal extremities can become pale, cold, have slow cap refill, numbness, tingling, and even swelling. Without proper circulation you are at risk for tissue damage, nerve damage, impaired wound healing, and skin breakdown. Things you can do to help improve circulation while in the hospital are using warm blankets/warm packs, using your SCD’s, Ted hose, getting OOB and walking, and elevating your legs in bed. So, what did you learn about circulation?