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Arterial Lines

Haemorrhage / Haematoma

February 15th, 2021


  • 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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