Arterial catheterization

  1. Ensure that equipment is ready, including a prepared pressure transducer line
  2. Clean and prepare site using full sterile technique
  3. Locate radial pulse
  4. Puncture artery distal to palpated pulse and obtain blood
  5. Feed guidewire
  6. Remove needle
  7. Place catheter over the wire
  8. Remove guidewire
  9. Attach catheter to pressure transducer line
  10. Suture catheter in place and dresses appropriately