71 (6) 404-410

Title: 
ARTERIAL CATHETERIZATION AND VASCULAR ACCESS PORT IMPLANTATION FOR BLOOD SAMPLING AND CONTINUOUS BLOOD PRESSURE MEASUREMENT IN DOGS
Author(s): 
I. Polis, Y. Moens, F. Gasthuys, M. Tshamala, M. Risselada
Abstract: 

 In the present study a modified method is described in which coated polyurethane catheters and a titanium vascular access port (VAP) with a silicone membrane were implanted into the femoral artery in forty dogs. This device enabled repeated arterial blood pressure measurement and blood sampling in conscious and anesthetized dogs for an average period of two weeks. The catheter was not removed by any of the dogs themselves, and few clinical problems were observed. An infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa induced by a contaminated flush solution was diagnosed in four dogs. These dogs recovered rapidly after an appropriate antibiotic therapy The conclusion of the study is that this arterial catheterization technique with vascular access port in place over a two-week period is suitable and technically feasible for experimental protocols in dogs.

Full text: 
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