How to manage an arterial catheter

Andrew Parry, Ray Higginson

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This article provides nurses with information on the safe and effective use and management of arterial catheters, the gold standard for accurate blood pressure measurement and routine serial blood gas sampling in critical care. Arterial catheters are used when real-time blood pressure monitoring is required, such as when there is a risk of significant blood loss.

Arterial catheters provide real-time blood pressure monitoring, enabling rapid identification of changes in blood pressure and guiding fluid resuscitation.

Arterial catheters can be used to take blood samples without having to perform multiple arterial or venous punctures.
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-39
JournalNursing Standard
Issue number29
Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2016


  • clinical procedures
  • clinical skills
  • arterial catheter
  • arterial blood gas
  • blood gas sampling
  • blood pressure monitoring


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