In health care, an air embolism is "blocking of a blood vessel by air bubbles that enter the circulatory system, usually after trauma; surgical procedures, or changes in atmospheric pressure." Air embolism may occur after removal of central venous catheterization.
Place the patient in one of the following positions that will cause the air to move to a nonobstructing position in the right ventrical:
- Left lateral decubitus position (Durant's maneuver)
- Trendelenburg position
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