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What is the treatment for air embolism?

What is the treatment for air embolism?

Oxygen, hyperbaric: Depending on the cause of air embolism, treatment with oxygen or in severe cases with hyperbaric oxygen may be needed. Introduction of less than 100 cc of air in the venous side may not require specific treatment. Air embolism due to decompression sickness is the main reason for using hyperbaric oxygen, i.e., putting the patient in a chamber with high pressure. ...Read more

Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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Air Embolism (Definition)

Blood vessels are made to carry blood - liquid. A small amount of air in a vessel is not usually a big deal as it will be absorbed into the blood. Larger volumes of air (10 mL or larger) can be significant to block blood flow in that vessel. That is bad in the brain (stroke) and really bad in the heart because ...Read more


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Help doctors! What're the treatments for air embolism from an iv?

Left side down: Time
the oxygen and co2 clear quickly.
Nitrogen is 80% and slower to absorb.
But if it stays in the upside chambers, by lying on left sued, it will break up and go to lungs and be slowly absorbed.
Unless IV on pump and large volume, risk is low. ...Read more

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What are treatments for air embolism?

Recompression: Recompression is the most effective treatment of an air embolism. Normally this is carried out in a recompression chamber where as pressure increase the solubility of a gas increases. It is also important to promptly place the patient in trendelenburg position (head down) and on their left side. This positioning helps to trap air in the apex of the ventricle. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for air embolism from an iv?

What are the treatments for air embolism from an iv?

Depends.: Small amount (a few bubbles) are generally very well tolerated and do not need any treatment. Large amounts entering the central veins, especially during prodedures like a central line placement, is more concerning. The best "treatment" is prevention - like keeping the patients head below the heart. If air embolism occurs we are taught to position patients certain ways and aspirate. ...Read more

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Does air embolism occur during pregnancy?

Unlikely but possibl: Embolism during delevery is rare dangerous event, it is possible unfortunately if it happens it is more due to aminiotic fluid embolism. ...Read more

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Hope its OK to ask this! Is it safe during sex if the guy goes in all the way, really deep on you? Will it cause org. Damage or air embolism?

Hope its OK to ask this! Is it safe during sex if the guy goes in all the way, really deep on you? Will it cause org. Damage or air embolism?

It's okay: If it hurts you, ask him to be careful. If not, don't worry about how deep, it's okay. If it's pleasurable it's not causing organ damage. Good wishes. ...Read more

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Air embolism during oral sex, should I be concerned?

Air embolism during oral sex, should I be concerned?

Improbable: Hard to imagine and yet anything is possible. It is probably a correlation and not a cause. ...Read more

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What is the chance of experiencing an air embolism during an apheresis donation?

Remote: There is virtually no risk of air embolism from donating blood or blood component. It is sign of good citizenship to donate blood. ...Read more

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Can an air embolism during sex really kill?

Can an air embolism during sex really kill?

How?: How would you get an air embolism during sex? Death during sex seems to be almost entirely due to stress on the heart leading to a heart attack in people with advanced heart disease. In general, sex is healthy. Practice safe sex at all times. ...Read more

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Is it possible for rough sex during early pregnancy to cause air embolism?

Is it possible for rough sex during early pregnancy to cause air embolism?

Never heard of that: Doubtful, but I guess anything is possible. One of the causes listed in the literature for free air in the abdomen is "rough sex." I guess one could translate that to the possibility of air embolism. ...Read more

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Air embolism during sex on menstrual period, what to do?

Better times for sex: During the menstrual period, and if the vaginal traps air from intercourse or blowing into the vagina, air embolism can result. When the "country cousins" come visiting in your case (menstrual flow) you might want to postpone such activity considering the repercussions. ...Read more

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Air embolism during sex on menstrual period, is this normal?

Air embolism during sex on menstrual period, is this normal?

No: This is hugely abnormal. This is most familiar from certain bizarre sexual practices. If this supposedly happened from normal intercourse and the woman was actually sick, I'd try to find out exactly what's going in -- it's not supposed to be one of the hazards. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have sex on your period? Since its more open down there isn't it a big risk of issues & air embolism during your period? Must I say no??

Is it safe to have sex on your period? Since its more open down there isn't it a big risk of issues & air embolism during your period? Must I say no??

It is safe: Sex during a menstural period can be a bit bloody, so one consequence is blood-stained sheets, clothes, furniture, etc... Pregnancy is usually not possible, unless sex is at the very end of a "long period" and sperm stays alive for several more days until the next ovulation happens. In real life, air embolisms from typical sexual intercourse (penis-vagina) is not something people worry about. ...Read more

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Was fingering and now I'm worried I have an air embolism?

Why?: What is fingering? Why would you think about air embolism? For air embolism you would have to inject air to obstruct your right heart, for example with a syringe. There there does not seem to any issue. ...Read more

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What are early warning signs and symptoms of air embolism?

What are early warning signs and symptoms of air embolism?

Variable: Small amounts of air in circulation may be asymptomatic. Introduction of 100 cc or more of air may cause heart failure, respiratory distress, presence of air in the heart on chest x-ray and in severe cases alterations in mental status and stroke like symptoms. ...Read more

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How can an air embolism kill your fetus?

Extremely rare: Air embolism refers to air or gas entering the blood stream. In an adult it can be from an intravenous line. In the case of a fetus the potential would be from the mothers bloodstream or vaginal canal. If you have concerns then discuss these with your obstetrician. They are here to help you and rare case reports exist. ...Read more

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Air embolism from oral in pregnancy?

Air embolism: An embolism of air can be a very serious, immediate threat to your health. Not sure how oral and pregnancy relate, can you give more information? If you are fine, hours after writing and reading this question/answer, you probably can relax about this risk. ...Read more

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What happens if you have an air embolism in pregnancy?

See below: Very rare and usually undiagnosed. Would only happen during delivery, only dangerous if a big bubble of air enters your bloodstream and lodges in the right ventricular outflow chamber, compromising circulation. If treated correctly, self-limited and no risk of recurrence. ...Read more

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Can air embolism occur with less than 1/8 of 1 ml (a small bubble) of air in a syringe? Just wondering.

Not likely: The volume of the tiny bubble is unlikely to survive the trip to the lung. ...Read more

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I have been using a hair dryer to dry vaginal area after shower. Is it possible to get an air embolism this way?

No: An air embolism occurs when air or gas enter into a blood vessel so, for what you describe there is no chance that you could cause that sort of a problem. Having said that, I might caution you on what you're doing as you may cause excess drying of the skin and mucosa which can lead to other discomforts, pain, and problems. Wearing loosely fitting, cotton panties should be sufficient. ...Read more

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I'm 22weeks pregnant. My partner preformed oral sex on me, I'm now scared in case I get a air embolism? Is this rare

Very rare: Air embolism is extremely rare. Also if it had happened you already would have experienced symptoms. It seems you are ok. ...Read more

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I'm 22weeks pregnant. My partner preformed oral sex on me, I'm now scared in case I get a air embolism? Is this rare edit

Please no" Joe Blow": During pregnancy blowing into the vagina with the labial lips closed can cause an air embolism with often immediate fatal consequences. So please instruct your partner (Joe not Blow) to avoid this phase of your sexual participation and Good luck with your pregnancy. ...Read more

Dr. Harinder Gill
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Embolus (Definition)

Usually a blood clot that migrates from one area of the body to another. Most commonly a clot from a leg vein to the lung. It can also pertain to a clot, or atheromatous material that moves from one segment to another, such as cholesterol material in a carotid lesion moving into the ...Read more