Arterial catheter insertion is a common practice for critically ill patients requiring continuous blood pressure monitoring or serial blood sampling. These peripheral devices require daily monitoring and maintenance. Arterial blood pressure readings are used to titrate medications and provide guidance for clinician driven protocols. These protocols require accurate, real-time pressure monitoring. This webinar designed for nurses and respiratory therapists, will review troubleshooting of an arterial catheter and all required elements for monitoring for these invasive devices.


Learning Objectives:

At the end of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss arterial catheter insertion techniques to aide in arterial catheter performance.
  2. Describe the transducer set-up and add on devices that impact catheter performance.
  3. Identify daily assessment criteria for indwelling arterial catheters.
  4. Discuss the importance of daily device calibration.


Troubleshooting your Peripheral Arterial Catheters
Amy Bardin-Spencer, EdD(c),MS, RRT, VA-BC




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Continuing Education for Nurses

This education activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour. Provider approved by California Board of Nursing, Provider # 14477 and the Florida Board of Nursing Provider # 50-17032

To receive 1.0 contact hour, listen to the entire webinar and then follow instructions at the end of the program.


Continuing Education for Respiratory Therapists

This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hour. Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association of Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063


This program is supported by Teleflex

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