Abdominal Paracentesis, Assisting

Abdominal Paracentesis, Assisting

As a bedside procedure, abdominal paracentesis involves the aspiration of fluid from the peritoneal space through a needle or trocar and cannula inserted in the abdominal wall. Used to diagnose and treat massive ascites resistant to other therapies, the procedure helps to determine the cause of ascites while relieving the pressure it creates.

Abdominal paracentesis may also precede other procedures, including radiography, peritoneal dialysis, and surgery; detect intra-abdominal bleeding after a traumatic injury; and be used to obtain a peritoneal fluid specimen for laboratory analysis. The procedure must be performed cautiously in pregnant patients as well as in patients with bleeding tendencies, a severely distended bowel, or an infection at the intended insertion site.

Jul 21, 2016 | Posted by in NURSING | Comments Off on Abdominal Paracentesis, Assisting

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