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Arterial Blood Gas
Arterial Blood Gas

Haemorrhage / Haematoma



    • Clinical Features

    • Bruising
    • Active bleeding from the site
    • Prevention

    • Avoid performing an ABG on a patient with a coagulopathy where possible, or consider reversing anticoagulation / withholding it and waiting
    • Place pressure on the insertion site for 3-5 minutes once the needle is removed
    • Treatment

    • Compress the site for 3-5 minutes
    • Place a compression bandage
    • Observe the site
    • Consider reversing anticoagulation if bleeding is major
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