Intraosseous catheter deformation due to positioning patient for thoracostomy

Following removal the intraosseous catheter was noted to be deformed (Fig. 1). A chest radiograph taken prior to removal showed the correct insertion point in the proximal humerus with no evidence of local bony injury, but with a bend in the catheter located at the insertion site” Reid et al (2018).

Extract:

The intraosseous catheter was removed in the emergency department using the standard manufacturer recommended technique by trauma team staff following establishment of further definitive venous access. There were no difficulties in removing it and it appeared to have been functioning effectively.

Following removal the intraosseous catheter was noted to be deformed (Fig. 1). A chest radiograph taken prior to removal showed the correct insertion point in the proximal humerus with no evidence of local bony injury, but with a bend in the catheter located at the insertion site.

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Reference:

Reid, C., Fogg, T. and Healy, G. (2018) Deformation of a humeral intraosseous catheter due to positioning for thoracostomy. Clinical and Experimental Emergency Medicine. 5(3), p.208-209.

doi: 10.15441/ceem.17.243.

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