Intraosseous access allows chest CT to be completed

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An intraosseous catheter was placed in the head of the right humerus due to inaccessible peripheral veins” Budach and Niehues (2016).

Abstract:

A 69-year-old woman was taken to our emergency department after having been found unconscious. An intraosseous catheter was placed in the head of the right humerus due to inaccessible peripheral veins. With the suspected diagnosis of shock, pulmonary embolism, and mesenteric ischemia, a CT scan of the chest and abdomen was initiated. Pulmonary embolism and mesenteric arterial embolism could be ruled out at excellent image quality.

Reference:

Budach, N.M. and Niehues, S.M. (2016) CT angiography of the chest and abdomen in an emergency patient via humeral intraosseous access. Emergency Radiology. August 29th. [Epub ahead of print].

DOI: 10.1007/s10140-016-1438-6

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