air embolism


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air embolism:

see embolusembolus
, foreign matter circulating in and obstructing a blood vessel. It may be a portion of a clot that has separated from the wall of a vessel (see thrombosis), a bubble of gas or air (known as an air embolus), a globule of fat, a clump of bacterial matter, or a clump of
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air embolism

[¦er ′em·bə‚liz·əm]
(medicine)
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Prompt treatment of suspected air embolism involves immediate measures to prevent further air entrainment.
The injection port of LA pressure monitoring line must be closed in order to prevent air embolism into the coronaries or cerebral circulation.
Mechanisms in development of interstitial emphysema and air embolism on decompression from depth.
An air embolism can occur when air leaks into the blood and tissues from a pressure-caused injury.
Severe air embolism caused by pulmonary artery introducer sheath (letter).
Additionally, overinflation of the balloon can lead to occlusion of the outflow port and/or rupture of the balloon, with a potentially lethal air embolism, should air have mistakenly been used to inflate the a balloon.
Sometimes if Alveolar rupture directly into pulmonary vessels it causes Air Embolism.
Possibility of both haemorrhage and venous air embolism is discussed.
The Galt VTI is a tearaway introducer which includes an ergonomic, low-profile, patent-pending integrated valve and is designed to allow surgeons with the ability to introduce or provide access for other medical devices to enter into a patient's vascular system reducing the risk of an air embolism and leakage.
Suspecting an air embolism, the patient was placed in a left lateral Trendelenberg position and an unsuccessful attempt was made to aspirate from the catheter.
Mr Starmer said the CPS was "satisfied that there was sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction for attempted murder" as "Mrs Gilderdale went on to administer morphine and other drugs and to introduce an air embolism to her daughter after her daughter lost consciousness".
Trendelenburg position, continuous aortic venting, filling the cardiac chambers before the termination of CPB and trans-mitral apical venting are useful to avoid air embolism.