Management of air embolism during haemodialysis part 5

Haemodialysis

 

Recognising an air embolism:

Patients complains of sudden chest pain, shortness of breath, cyanosis, seizure, cardiac/respiratory arrest

Management of an air embolism:

  • Stop  blood pump and clamp blood lines
  • Place patient on left side with head lower than their heart (Tredelenburg position)
  • Administer 100% oxygen
  • Call for help and medical support if within the hospital
  • Monitor and record pulse, respirations, blood pressure and oxygen saturations
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