Arterial Lines
 

Positioning

 
 
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  • Raise the bed to waist level to allow for comfortable collection.
  • Radial - ask the patient to place their arm outward with palm up, wrist extended slightly. Place a towel underneath their arm. Consider taping the hand down to reduce movement.
  • Brachial - ask the patient to place their arm outward as far as possible with the antecubital fossa easily accessible
  • Femoral - ensure privacy, then expose the femoral triangle
Last updated on January 1st, 2018
 
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