After a patient died from unrecognized retroperitoneal bleeding, the authors' facility developed a tool to help identify patients at risk for vascular bleeding complications after cardiac catheterization.
Mary Ann Sedlacek is a visiting professor at Chamberlain College of Nursing. Joseph Newsome is director of medical/surgical services at Advocate South Suburban in Hazel Crest, Ill. The authors would like to acknowledge the assistance of Cheryl Lefaiver, PhD, RN, in the preparation of this manuscript. Adapted and updated from Sedlacek MA, Newsome J. Identification of vascular bleeding complications after cardiac catheterization through development and implementation of a cardiac catheterization risk predictor tool. Dimens Crit Care Nurs. 2010;29(3):145–152.
The authors have disclosed that they have no financial relationships related to this article.