I'm not a Cardiac nurse, but I am thinking of becoming one once I educate myself more on cardiac anatomy and cardiac procedures. So here come my first cardiac question of 2013:
where should the pressure be applied after a hematoma is forming post cath: On the hematoma? Above the insertion site?
I think the pressure should be just above the insertion site, to help prevent more blood loss.
Other nurses are saying it should be directly on the hematoma, but they can't tell me "why." Is it to prevent compartment syndrome? What happens to the blood that formed the hematoma after pressure is applied? Does it drain out of the body via insertion site? Or spread out and eventually dissolve?