Prospective evaluation of radial and femoral artery catheterization sites in critically ill adults.

Prospective evaluation of 178 radial (RAD) and 114 femoral (FEM) artery catheters inserted in 231 critically ill adults in 2 ICUs was performed. FEM catheter duration (5.8 days) was greater than RAD (3.9 days, p less than .001). Most catheters were removed when no longer needed. Complication rates of RAD (7.5%) and FEM catheters (6.9%) were similar. Digital… CONTINUE READING