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Intraosseous access has become a fast and safe alternative route for emergency vascular access. This case report highlights one potential complication of the use of one brand of intraosseous needle.
Vascular access is a vital task in the resuscitation of the critically ill and/or injured. However, in cases in which the patient is in circulatory shock, obtaining peripheral intravenous access can be difficult. In these cases, intraosseous access has become a rapid and safe alternative for providing vascular access in the prehospital setting.1 ,2 We present a case of the breakage of an intraosseous needle in situ and the difficulties in removal and the lessons learnt from this.
A group of soldiers of the International Security Assistance Force participated in a training programme for the use of the FAST-1 …
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