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Complications of Vascular Access Procedures in Patients with Kidney Disease
Sierra Rayne Young, Pharm.D. and Iris Chen, Pharm.D., BCPS,  
Three patients were at the same hospital over the course of a few months for vascular access device (VAD) placement and experienced adverse outcomes. The adverse outcomes of two of them were secondary to drugs given for sedation, while the third patient’s situation was somewhat different. Vascular access procedures are extremely common and are relatively short but may require the use of procedural sedation, which is usually very well tolerated but can involve significant risk, as these cases illustrate.
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