PETER C. HANLEY, M.D.; ROGER L. CLICK, M.D.; ROBERT G. TANCREDI, M.D.
To the editor: We wish to alert physicians and others who are involved in central venous catheterization and catheter care to the possibility of venous air embolism occurring along the subcutaneous track after removal of the catheter from the central vein.
Recently, we cared for a 76-year-old man who had had an anterolateral myocardial infarction and required hemodynamic monitoring. A catheter sheath was easily positioned at the first attempt in the right internal jugular vein (by the anterior approach) without complication, and a Swan-Ganz catheter was introduced through this sheath. Three days after insertion, the catheter and sheath were removed
HANLEY PC, CLICK RL, TANCREDI RG. Delayed Air Embolism After Removal of Venous Catheters. Ann Intern Med. ;101:401–402. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-101-3-401_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;101(3):401-402.
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