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What are the treatments for air embolism from an iv?

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Dr. Bradley Thomas
Surgery - Vascular
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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