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Air embolism central venous catheter

Melvin Alex Abraham, Riya Jose, Mazhuvanchary Jacob Paul
An abrupt increase in end-tidal CO2 (EtCO2; from 35 to 58 mm Hg) followed by a sudden fall (to 18 mm Hg) was noted during retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy under general anaesthesia in a 23-year-old patient with adrenal hyperplasia. This was accompanied by hypotension (systolic blood pressure of 60 mm Hg), desaturation (88% SpO2) and ST depression (3.5 mm). The patient was resuscitated with fluids and vasopressor drugs and about 4 mL of air was aspirated through the central venous catheter, confirming the diagnosis of an intraoperative gas embolism...
January 23, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Steve Siu-Man Wong, Hau C Kwaan, Todd S Ing
Venous air embolism is a dreaded condition particularly relevant to the field of nephrology. In the face of a favourable, air-to-blood pressure gradient and an abnormal communication between the atmosphere and the veins, air entrance into the circulation is common and can bring about venous air embolism. These air emboli can migrate to different areas through three major routes: pulmonary circulation, paradoxical embolism and retrograde ascension to the cerebral venous system. The frequent undesirable outcome of this disease entity, despite timely and aggressive treatment, signifies the importance of understanding the underlying pathophysiological mechanism and of the implementation of various preventive measures...
December 2017: Clinical Kidney Journal
Konark Malhotra, Appaji Rayi
Cerebral air embolism (CAE) is a potentially fatal iatrogenic complication related to common procedures including central venous catheter (CVC) removal. We report an interesting case of CAE related to CVC removal that was further complicated with status epilepticus. Neuroimaging of CAE and status epilepticus could pose diagnostic dilemmas and require consideration of wide diagnostic differentials. We discuss the clinical presentation, mechanism, and diagnostic approach, especially neuroimaging to differentiate various etiologies in CAE patients...
July 2017: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
Liane A Arcinas, Shuangbo Liu, G Isanne Schacter, Malek Kass
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December 2017: American Journal of Medicine
Sorin J Brull, Richard C Prielipp
PURPOSE: To narratively review published information on prevention, detection, pathophysiology, and appropriate treatment of vascular air embolism (VAE). MATERIALS AND METHODS: MEDLINE, SCOPUS, Cochrane Central Register and Google Scholar databases were searched for data published through October 2016. The Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience (MAUDE) database was queried for "air embolism" reports (years 2011-2016). RESULTS: VAE may be introduced through disruption in the integrity of the venous circulation that occurs during insertion, maintenance, or removal of intravenous or central venous catheters...
December 2017: Journal of Critical Care
J Odendaal, V Y Kong, B Sartorius, T Y Liu, Y Y Liu, D L Clarke
INTRODUCTION Central venous catheterisation (CVC) is a commonly performed procedure in a wide variety of hospital settings and is associated with appreciable morbidity. There is a paucity of literature focusing on mechanical complications specifically in the trauma setting. The aim of our study was to determine the spectrum of mechanical complications in a high-volume trauma centre in a developing world setting where ultrasound guidance was not available. METHODS A retrospective study was performed analysing data from a four-year period at the Pietermaritzburg Metropolitan Trauma Service in South Africa...
May 2017: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Elizabeth A Mattox
Most hospitalized patients have placement of a peripheral venous access device, either a short peripheral catheter or a peripherally inserted central catheter. Compared with central venous catheters that are not peripherally inserted, the other 2 types are generally perceived by health care providers as safer and less complicated to manage, and less emphasis is placed on the prevention and management of complications. Expertise of nurses in inserting, managing, and removing these devices may reduce the likelihood of complications, and increased recognition of complications associated with use of the devices is important to ensure continued improvements in the safety, quality, and efficiency of health care...
April 2017: Critical Care Nurse
Frederik Seiler, Franziska Trudzinski, Kai Hennemann, Tom Niermeyer, Christian Schmoll, Annegret Kamp, Robert Bals, Ralf Muellenbach, Hendrik Haake, Philipp M Lepper
Extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal (ECCO2R) is increasingly considered a viable therapeutic approach in the management of hypercapnic lung failure in order to avoid intubation or to allow lung-protective ventilator settings. This study aimed to analyze efficacy and safety of a minimal-invasive ECCO2R device, the Homburg lung. The Homburg lung is a pump-driven system for veno-venous ECCO2R with ¼" tubing and a 0.8 m surface oxygenator. Vascular access is usually established via a 19F/21cm bilumen cannula in the right internal jugular vein...
January 19, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
Ahmad Ali Amirghofran, Narjes Nick, Mina Amiri, Rahim Hemmati
The patient was a 32-year-old woman who presented with infertility secondary to uterine didelphys. Hysteroscopic metroplasty was chosen as the corrective surgical procedure for this anatomical defect. During the surgical repair, the patient developed a massive air embolism (MAE) leading to hypotension, arrhythmia, and cardiogenic shock. Resuscitation was started by placing the patient in the right-side up position, and emplacement of central venous catheter, but it was unsuccessful. The decision was then made to bypass the patient's cardiopulmonary system to effectively treat the MAE...
December 2016: Journal of Extra-corporeal Technology
Colin J McCarthy, Sasan Behravesh, Sailendra G Naidu, Rahmi Oklu
Air embolism is a rarely encountered but much dreaded complication of surgical procedures that can cause serious harm, including death. Cases that involve the use of endovascular techniques have a higher risk of air embolism; therefore, a heightened awareness of this complication is warranted. In particular, central venous catheters and arterial catheters that are often placed and removed in most hospitals by a variety of medical practitioners are at especially high risk for air embolism. With appropriate precautions and techniques it can be preventable...
October 31, 2016: Journal of Clinical Medicine
J Abram, J Klocker, N Innerhofer-Pompernigg, M Mittermayr, M C Freund, N Gravenstein, V Wenzel
Injuries to blood vessels near the heart can quickly become life-threatening and include arterial injuries during central venous puncture, which can lead to hemorrhagic shock. We report 6 patients in whom injury to the subclavian artery and vein led to life-threatening complications. Central venous catheters are associated with a multitude of risks, such as venous thrombosis, air embolism, systemic or local infections, paresthesia, hemothorax, pneumothorax, and cervical hematoma, which are not always immediately discernible...
November 2016: Der Anaesthesist
Rashmi Mishra, Pavithra Reddy, Misbahuddin Khaja
Cerebral air embolism (CAE) is an infrequently reported complication of routine medical procedures. We present two cases of CAE. The first patient was a 55-year-old male presenting with vomiting and loss of consciousness one day after his hemodialysis session. Physical exam was significant for hypotension and hypoxia with no focal neurologic deficits. Computed tomography (CT) scan of head showed gas in cerebral venous circulation. The patient did not undergo any procedures prior to presentation, and his last hemodialysis session was uneventful...
2016: Case Reports in Critical Care
Frank Born, Nawid Khaladj, Maximilian Pichlmaier, René Schramm, Christian Hagl, Sabina P W Guenther
BACKGROUND: Air embolism is a potentially fatal but underrecognized complication in Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS). Oxygenators containing venous air traps have been developed to minimize the risk of air embolism in daily care. OBJECTIVE: We reproduced air embolism as occurring via a central venous catheter in an experimental setting to test the potential of oxygenators with and without venous bubble trap (VBT) to withhold air. METHODS: An in vitro ECLS circuit was created and a central venous catheter with a 3-way stopcock and a perforated male luer cap was inserted into the inflow line...
2017: Technology and Health Care: Official Journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine
B Balakrishnan, Z Noor, C L Curran
INTRODUCTION: Venous air embolism (VAE) due to central venous catheter (CVC) placement is a rare but preventable complication which is potentially fatal. We describe a case highlighting unique patient characteristics which increase the risk of developing VAE. CASE DESCRIPTION: A sixty-year-old gentleman was admitted to the hospital with dyspnea and altered mental status. His comorbidities include cancer of the neck and tongue, currently in remission, and schizophrenia...
2016: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
João Pinho, José Manuel Amorim, José Manuel Araújo, Helena Vilaça, Manuel Ribeiro, João Pereira, Carla Ferreira
OBJECTIVE: Cerebral gas embolism (CGE) is a potentially catastrophic complication of central venous catheters (CVCs) manipulation or accidental disconnection, which is rarely reported in the literature. This systematic review aims to characterize the clinical manifestations, imaging features and outcome of CGE associated with CVCs. METHODS: Systematic literature search of all published cases of CGE associated with CVCs, and identification of previously unreported local cases...
March 15, 2016: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Sun-Key Kim, In-Gu Jun, Dong-Min Jang, Jinwook Lim, Gyu-Sam Hwang, Young-Kug Kim
Cerebral air embolism is a rare but potentially life-threatening complication. We experienced a living-donor liver transplant recipient who presented with unexpected cerebral air embolism and transient neurologic abnormalities that subsequently developed just after the removal of the pulmonary artery catheter from the central venous access device. One day after the initial event, the patient's neurologic status gradually improved. The patient was discharged 30 days after liver transplantation without neurologic sequelae...
February 2016: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
Umberto G Rossi, Pierluca Torcia, Paolo Rigamonti, Francesca Colombo, Antonino Giordano, Maurizio Gallieni, Maurizio Cariati
Malfunctioning tunneled hemodialysis central venous catheters (CVCs), because of thrombotic or infectious complications, are frequently exchanged. During the CVC exchanging procedure, there are several possible technical complications, as in first insertion, including air embolism. Prevention remains the key to the management of air embolism. Herein, we emphasize the technical tricks capable of reducing the risk of air embolism in long-term CVC exchange. In particular, adoption of a 5 to 10 degrees Trendelenburg position, direct puncture of the previous CVC venous lumen for guide-wire insertion, as opposed to guide-wire introduction after cutting the CVC, a light manual compression of the internal jugular vein venotomy site after catheter removal...
March 2016: Journal of Vascular Access
Jaekyu Ryu, Ji-Hyun Yoon, Eun-Joon Lee, Chia An Lee, Seong Chang Woo, Chang-Young Jeong
Central venous catheters provide long-term available vascular access. They are useful for central venous pressure monitoring, rapid fluid management, massive transfusion and direct cardiovascular medication, especially in operation. Central venous catheterization is usually performed by the landmark bedside technique without imaging guidance. The complications of central venous catheterization are frequent, which include malposition, pneumothorax, hemothorax, chylothorax, arterial puncture, hematoma, air embolism and infection...
August 2015: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
Chih-Kuang Cheng, Ting-Yu Chang, Chi-Hung Liu, Chien-Hung Chang, Kuo-Lun Huang, Shy-Chyi Chin, Hsiu-Chuan Wu, Yeu-Jhy Chang, Tsong-Hai Lee
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate the clinical predictors of unfavorable prognosis in patients with venous catheter-related cerebral air embolism. METHODS: An extensive review of English literature was performed to obtain reports on cerebral air embolism published between January 1982 and July 2014 through PubMed, Journal at Ovid, and Web of Science using the Mesh terms and keywords "cerebral air embolism" and "cerebral gas embolism." Reports not fulfilling the diagnosis of cerebral air embolism and iterant articles were excluded...
October 2015: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Michelle Feil
The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System is a confidential, statewide Internet reporting system to which all Pennsylvania hospitals, outpatient-surgery facilities, birthing centers, and abortion facilities must file information on incidents and serious events.Safety Monitor is a column from Pennsylvania's Patient Safety Authority, the authority that informs nurses on issues that can affect patient safety and presents strategies they can easily integrate into practice. For more information on the authority, visit www...
June 2015: American Journal of Nursing
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