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Median nerve damage from brachial artery puncture: a case report.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10152854     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This report describes a case in which puncture of the brachial artery to obtain a sample for blood-gas analysis resulted in damage to the median nerve with a persisting neuropathy and apparent loss of function. Errors in judgment and contributions to possible negligence included (1) inappropriate choice of sampling site; (2) lack of knowledge of precautions and possible complications; (3) incomplete/inadequate description of optimal procedure in departmental procedure manual; (4) arbitrary selection of the dominant hand.
M E Watson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Respiratory care     Volume:  40     ISSN:  0020-1324     ISO Abbreviation:  Respir Care     Publication Date:  1995 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-01-22     Completed Date:  1996-01-22     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7510357     Medline TA:  Respir Care     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1141-3     Citation Subset:  H    
Cardiopulmonary Sciences Department, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Brachial Artery / surgery*
Iatrogenic Disease*
Nerve Block / adverse effects,  instrumentation,  methods
Paresthesia / epidemiology,  etiology
Phlebotomy / adverse effects,  standards*
Practice Guidelines as Topic*
Punctures / adverse effects*,  instrumentation,  methods
Risk Factors
Trauma, Nervous System
Comment In:
Respir Care. 1995 Nov;40(11):1118-9   [PMID:  10152850 ]

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