A 48-year-old female presents to the ED with generalized fatigue. Patient has a past medical history of HTN, HLD, Crohn’s Disease. She admits to some nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. Vital signs: T 98.3F, HR 73, BP 70/50, RR 18, Pulse Ox 100% on room air. Blood glucose is 35. Exam is unremarkable.
Courtney Martin, DO
62 year old female PMHx HTN and DM presents to the ED with two weeks of worsening left leg swelling. Pain is 8/10 and described as “achy”. Worse with ambulation. Tried tylenol with no relief. Vital signs are within normal limits.
You’re working in the ICU overnight and are having difficulty obtaining a blood pressure for a patient that was just transferred to your facility for septic shock secondary to pneumonia. You make the decision to place an arterial line. You place the line sterilely using seldinger technique and connect it to the monitor. Your hard work paid off and you are rewarded with a waveform.