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Arterial Lines
Arterial Lines

Haemorrhage / Haematoma



    • Clinical Features

    • Bruising
    • Active bleeding from the site
    • Prevention

    • Avoid inserting an arterial line into a patient with a coagulopathy where possible, or consider reversing anticoagulation or withholding it and waiting
    • Place pressure on the insertion site for 3-5 minutes any time the needle or cannula is removed
    • Avoid too many attempts
    • 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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