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Subject: Arterial Puncture and Line Placement
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Arterial line kit
Arterial line monitoring
equipment (as needed)
Pulse Doppler (as
Close monitoring of blood
pressure (e.g., intensive care unit setting)
Access to arterial blood
(frequent arterial blood gasses)
Frequent blood draws for
Continuous monitoring of
Dermatitis or cellulitis
at insertion site
Absence of palpable pulse
at chosen arterial site
Severe coagulopathy or
platelet count <50,000
circulation at proposed site (absolute contraindication)
PEARL: At this point, some physicians like
to make a superficial nick in the skin at the site of
insertion to ease the passage of the intravascular catheter,
but this is not necessary.
PEARL: The arterial line kit will come
with a guidewire that can be used to assist in placement,
especially in arterial lines not placed in the radial
Local infection, pain, and
Blood clotting in the
Ischemic changes to the
hand and wrist
Arrow Medical Products
Ltd., 2400 Bernville Road, Reading, PA 19605. Phone:
1-800-233-3187. Web site: http://www.arrowintl.com/.
Baxter, 1 Baxter Pkwy.,
Deerfield, IL, 60015-4625. Phone: 847-948-2000. Fax: 847
948-3642. Web site: http://www.baxter.com.
American Hospital Supply.
Phone: 407-475-1168. Web site: http://www.americanhospitalsupply.com/.
Cardinal Health, Inc.,
7000 Cardinal Place, Dublin, OH 43017. Phone: 800-234-8701. Web
Owens and Minor, 4800 Cox
Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060-6292. Phone: 804-747-9794. Fax: