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.
Cardiac catheterization, closure vascular access, femoral closure device, vascular access complication.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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