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Friday, January 1, 2010

We Got A Bleeder

As we walked into the bedroom of our patient we were greeted by a home care nurse that was holding pressure on the groin of our naked 33 year old patient who was laying on the bed. She told us that he had had a cyst removed from the groin ten days ago. Today, while he was taking a shower he noticed that he was bleeding. He applied pressure and waited for the RN who was already on her way for a scheduled check up. When she arrived she moved the towel to check on the 3 inch long, 1 inch wide and 1 inch deep laceration (which was left open to heel from the inside out) and found that blood was squirting out. She quickly reapplied pressure with some gauze and instructed the family to call 911. Her patients femoral artery was bleeding.

After hearing the story we asked to to just stay where she was at. We did an assessment and found that, other than being in pain from the amount of pressure being applied to the wound, the patient was fine. We bandaged him up and instructed him to maintain pressure on the wound. We also started an IV just in case. the patient was very fortunate. He lost very little blood especially for an arterial bleed.
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