Counterpulsation Catheter Fracture: An Unexpected Hazard
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AbstractThis paper presents a previously unrecognized hazard associated with intraaortic balloon pumping: fracture of the catheter due to chemical damage by acetone at the time of removal. Common hospital chemicals such as acetone, ether, and Vi-Drape spray may damage the catheter. Contact between these agents and polyurethane intraaortic balloon catheters should be avoided during dressing changes or repreparation of a sterile operative field. Isopropyl alcohol, Betadine, benzoin, and Cidex do not damage the catheter.

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