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Long-term follow-up of two patients with retained intraosseous sternal needles

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Sternal intraosseous devices are widely used in both civilian and military trauma when vascular access is difficult to establish. We discuss a rare complication of intraosseous needle insertion in two patients where the needle tip remained in the sternum after the device had been removed. Neither patient had evidence of any complication of the retained intraosseous needle tip after >6 years of follow-up.

  • ACCIDENT & EMERGENCY MEDICINE
  • INTENSIVE & CRITICAL CARE
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