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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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