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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 136-138

Skin necrosis in a critically ill patient due to a blood pressure cuff


Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Blackpool, United Kingdom

Correspondence Address:
Mohan P Devbhandari
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Blackpool
United Kingdom
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PMID: 16679680

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The non-invasive method of blood pressure measurement is regarded as a safe procedure and the reports of any serious complications are rare. We report a unique case of extensive skin necrosis due to an intermittently inflating blood pressure cuff in a 65-year-old critically ill lady following a third time redo mitral valve surgery. A brief review of the literature on complications associated with noninvasive method of measurement of blood pressure is presented along with possible mechanisms of skin injury and ways to avoid it.






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2004 - Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
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