Practical skills

How to remove a pulmonary artery catheter

  • RCN accredited
  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Learning time: 01 hr
  • Last updated: 2016
  • Link to RCNi portfolio

This practical learning module is aimed at helping nurses undertake the safe removal of a pulmonary artery (PA) catheter. PA catheter removal is associated with several risks and complications and dysrhythmias, air embolism and defects in the vein wall are discussed, as is the subsequent removal of the temporary central venous catheter and its wide-bore introducer.

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Please note that information provided by RCNi Learning is not sufficient to ensure competence in the skill. Assessment of competence should take place in line with local practice. Practice should always align with local protocols and procedures, latest guidelines and any regulatory code. All modules should currently be viewed together with available national and local Covid-19 guidelines. For advice, go to www.rcn.org.uk/covid-19/rcn-position

Katie Scales, Formerly consultant nurse critical care, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, England.


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