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Resuscitation arterial line

Tom Robb thomas.robb at verizon.net
Wed Dec 10 13:03:56 GMT 2014



So a pedestrian struck comes in with multiple injuries.  SBP in 50's.   
Poor line in upper extremity.

Pelvic film - No horrible pelvic fractures.

Trauma doc places swan cort in right groin - turns out to be in femoral 
artery.

Under the circumstances went and used the line to give volume and packed 
cells with some consternation among the staff.

I have always felt this was OK as a resuscitation line - especially when 
other access is difficult.

Any thoughts or suggestions?





Thomas Robb DO
Newburgh NY


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