How to manage an arterial catheter
Andrew Parry Senior lecturer in critical care, Faculty of Life Sciences and Education, University of South Wales, Pontypridd, Wales
Ray Higginson Senior lecturer in critical care physiology, Faculty of Life Sciences and Education, University of South Wales, Pontypridd, Wales
This article provides nurses with information on the safe and effective use and management of arterial catheters, the gold standard for accurate blood pressure measurement and routine serial blood gas sampling in critical care. Arterial catheters are used when real-time blood pressure monitoring is required, such as when there is a risk of significant blood loss.
Arterial catheters provide real-time blood pressure monitoring, enabling rapid identification of changes in blood pressure and guiding fluid resuscitation.
Arterial catheters can be used to take blood samples without having to perform multiple arterial or venous punctures.
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Nursing Standard. 30, 29,36-39. doi: 10.7748/ns.30.29.36.s45Correspondence
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Received: 09 September 2014
Accepted: 04 December 2014