Radial Artery Cannulation: Recommendations for Improved First Pass Success; Brief Report

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Ruan Vlok Joshua Wall Thomas Melhuish Leigh White

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Radial artery cannulation is an important procedure in critical care medicine and cardiology. The risk of complications associated with arterial cannulation increases with the number of attempts. A review of the current literature was performed to identify recommendations to increase first pass success in radial artery cannulation. Recommendations include positioning the wrist at 45 degrees and the use of ultrasound. In ultrasound guided arterial cannulation, the choice of long axis versus short axis views should be based on proceduralist preference.

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