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FOAMfrat Podcast

Jun 25, 2021

Invasive arterial blood pressure (IABP) monitoring techniques have enjoyed a rich history of use throughout the mid-to-late 20th century in the peri-operative setting and are now a standard of care intensive care units. While there are a variety of IABP monitoring options, one of the most common techniques is percutaneous radial arterial catheterization. Although monitoring of radial arterial lines is a widely accepted skill in the critical care transport (CCT) world, placement by CCT providers is less common. Concerns over safety and logistical management have contributed to the perceived difficulty in arterial lines; however, this article aims to demonstrate that arterial lines can be placed safely and effectively in the pre-hospital setting.