Next Article in Journal
Ashamed and Afraid: A Scoping Review of the Role of Shame in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Previous Article in Journal
Effects of Hyponatremia Normalization on the Short-Term Mortality and Rehospitalizations in Patients with Recent Acute Decompensated Heart Failure: A Retrospective Study
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessReview
J. Clin. Med. 2016, 5(11), 93; doi:10.3390/jcm5110093

Air Embolism: Practical Tips for Prevention and Treatment

1
Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Division of Interventional Radiology, 55 Fruit Street, GRB-290A, Boston, MA 02114, USA
2
Mayo Clinic Arizona, Division of Vascular & Interventional Radiology, Phoenix, AZ 85054, USA
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Bernhard Rauch
Received: 18 September 2016 / Revised: 25 October 2016 / Accepted: 27 October 2016 / Published: 31 October 2016
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [4280 KB, uploaded 31 October 2016]   |  

Abstract

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. This article reviews the causes of air embolism, clinical management and prevention techniques. View Full-Text
Keywords: Air embolism; endovascular; catheter; embolization Air embolism; endovascular; catheter; embolization
Figures

Figure 1a

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

McCarthy, C.J.; Behravesh, S.; Naidu, S.G.; Oklu, R. Air Embolism: Practical Tips for Prevention and Treatment. J. Clin. Med. 2016, 5, 93.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
J. Clin. Med. EISSN 2077-0383 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top