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Which of the following is a “hard sign” of peripheral vascular injury?

Injury to an anatomically associated nerve.


Associated fracture.

A palpable thrill.

Proximity to a major vessel.

Hard signs of peripheral vascular injury include: a pulse deficit, pulsatile bleeding, an expanding hematoma, an audible bruit, a palpable thrill, or distal ischemia. Soft signs include a stable hematoma, injury to an anatomically related nerve, unexplained hypotension, a history of hemorrhage, proximity to a major vascular structure, or a complex fracture.