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Pressure ulcer: an unreported complication of the Safeguard® hemostasis device. No need to crack under pressure

Published Online: August 3rd 2018 Heart International 2011;6(1):e3
Authors: Claudio Moretti, Giorgio Quadri, Fiorenzo Gaita, Imad Sheiban
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Diagnostic cardiac catheterizations are predominantly performed using the femoral artery access. Several devices have been developed to aid in the closure of femoral arteriotomy.
Safeguard® is a new pneumatic compression device that has been developed for compression of the femoral artery after brief manual compression. We hereby report the case of an elderly patient who underwent a percutaneous coronary intervention via the femoral artery in whom a Safeguard™ device, left overnight because of persistent oozing, provoked an extensive pressure ulcer. Knowledge of this potential complication is important to minimize its occurance and provide appropriate treatment.

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Cardiac catheterization, closure vascular access, femoral closure device, vascular access complication.

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Claudio Moretti, Division of Cardiology, University of Turin, San Giovanni Battista “Molinette” Hospital, Corso Bramante 88–90, 10126 Turin, Italy. Tel. +39.011.6334195 – Fax: +39.011.6967053. E-mail: drclamore@yahoo.it

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2011-05-07T00:00:00

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