A nurse has received orders to remove a patient’s arterial line that he has been using while in the hospital for the past week. Which of the following actions are part of appropriately removing an arterial line? Select all that apply.

 

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- Turn the patient onto his left side

- Remove the dressing from the site

- Remove the arterial line and inspect the tip of the catheter

- Apply direct pressure to the site for 5 minutes after catheter removal

- Administer pain medications to the patient as needed

Rationale

When removing an arterial line, the nurse must ensure that she protects the patient from excess bleeding from the site. The nurse should remove the dressing and the line and then apply direct pressure to the site for 5 minutes afterward.

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