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Procedure Notes: Arterial Line


Date: <____>
Time: <____>
Indication: Hemodynamic monitoring
Resident: <____>
Attending: <____>

A time-out was completed verifying correct patient, procedure, site, positioning, and special equipment if applicable. Allen’s test was performed to ensure adequate perfusion. The patient’s <right/left> wrist was prepped and draped in sterile fashion. 1% Lidocaine was used to anesthetize the area. A <18G/20G> Arrow arterial line was introduced into the <radial/femoral> artery. The catheter was threaded over the guide wire and the needle was removed with appropriate pulsatile blood return. The catheter was then sutured in place to the skin and a sterile dressing applied. Perfusion to the extremity distal to the point of catheter insertion was checked and found to be adequate. <Attending/Resident> was present for the entire procedure.

Estimated Blood Loss: <____>
The patient tolerated the procedure well and there were no complications.

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