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What is Arterial Blood Pressure Monitoring?

Several methods of measuring arterial blood pressure are available. Arterial catheterization is routinely performed by many anesthesiologists. Arterial catheterization is associated with a small risk of infection and requires training before use. Catheterization can provide essential information about cardiac function and tissue perfusion pressure as well as allow easy access for intraoperative blood gas analysis. Non-invasive methods of blood pressure monitoring include oscillometric and Doppler methods. These methods are usually less accurate than arterial catheterization and only provide intermittent readings, but are easier to perform. Low blood pressure is a common complication of anesthesia and may lead to poor tissue perfusion.

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