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Preventing Central Line Air Embolism

Feil, Michelle MSN, RN

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: June 2015 - Volume 115 - Issue 6 - p 64–69
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000466327.76934.a0
Safety Monitor

The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System is a confidential, statewide Internet reporting system to which all Pennsylvania hospitals, outpatient-surgery facilities, birthing centers, and abortion facilities must file information on incidents and serious events.

Safety Monitor is a column from Pennsylvania's Patient Safety Authority, the authority that informs nurses on issues that can affect patient safety and presents strategies they can easily integrate into practice. For more information on the authority, visit For the original article discussed in this column or for other articles on patient safety, click on “Patient Safety Advisories” and then “Advisory Library” in the left-hand navigation menu.

Michelle Feil is a senior patient safety analyst at the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority in Plymouth Meeting, PA. This article is adapted from “Reducing Risk of Air Embolism Associated with Central Venous Access Devices,” which appeared in a publication of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority: Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory 2012;9(2):58-64. Contact author: The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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