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Resuscitation arterial line

Matt Dunn Matt.Dunn at southerndhb.govt.nz
Wed Dec 10 22:43:55 GMT 2014

Haven't seen it done for a long time, but when I was newly qualified we sometimes deliberately chose arteries for rapid transfusions. Didn't see many of them, but didn't see any particular problems with them.

The other thing you could do in this situation (popular-ish in the late 90s) is a cut down on the long saphenous at the groin. It's the quickest, easiest and most reliable site for a cut down. Advantage of cut down is you can cannulate a completely collapsed vein.

Matt Dunn

On Dec 10, 2014, at 8:05 AM, Tom Robb <thomas.robb at verizon.net<mailto:thomas.robb at verizon.net>> wrote:

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

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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