ABG Needle Study

ABG Needle Study

‘ABG analysis forms an essential tool for the assessment of gas exchange and acid–base balance in critically ill patients who present to the emergency department. The pain experienced by patients can be significant in arterial puncture1 compared with venous puncture due to the greater innervation of the arterial sites as well as the need to puncture deeper into the skin.’

The enclosed study conducted by researchers in Australia   was focused on determining  whether a narrower gauge needle used in ABG sampling is associated with lower painscores and complication rates without increasing the level of difficulty of the procedure.

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