MARVIN A. SACKNER, M.D.; WILBUR G. AVERY, M.D.
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To the editor: We agree with Matthews and Gibbons, authors of "Embolization Complicating Radial Artery Puncture," (ANNALS, 75:87-88, 1971), that complications from single-stick radial artery punctures for blood gas measurements are distinctly unusual.
We recently reported a technique for radial artery punctures (Chest 59:97, 1971), by which, over a 5-month period, 1,541 punctures done by nurses resulted in no morbidity. Since we began doing single-stick radial artery punctures in 1966, we have seen no significant morbidity in over 30,000 punctures. During prolonged hospitalizations many of these patients have received as many as 50 radial arterial punctures without complications. The embolization
SACKNER MA, AVERY WG. Radial Artery Punctures. Ann Intern Med. 1971;75:806. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-75-5-806_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;75(5):806.
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