Interventional Procedures

  • Ronald L. Eisenberg

Abstract

Even the most routine special procedures, such as arteriography, central venous catheter placement, percutaneous needle biopsy, and catheter drainage, can result in serious injury or death. Because these complications are rare, they often lead to malpractice litigation based on the suspicion that negligence or gross error must have occurred.1 In one long-term study, up to 20% of all malpractice suits filed against radiologists involved complications of procedures.2 Because there is inherent risk in any procedure, informed consent (see chapter 21) is mandatory. An appropriate imaging guidance method must be selected based on the circumstances of the case and the experience of the individual radiologist. Blood tests are required to identify patients with coagulation defects or other potential predispositions to bleeding during and following the procedure.3

Keywords

Catheter Eter Tral 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald L. Eisenberg
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyAlameda County Medical CenterOaklandUSA
  2. 2.University of California School of Medicine at San Francisco and DavisUSA

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