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Breast Cancer

Taking blood pressure after mastectomy

05/19/2008

Question:

Hello! I am buying a medical alert bracelet and plan to list my use of Coumadin and my Hypertension. What terminology do I use on the bracelet regarding my left breast mastectomy and not using that arm for taking blood pressure and blood samples? Thanks!

Answer:

I am not sure how much space there is but would say something like "avoid IVs/needles/BP L arm". And remember, in a true emergency, if blood, BP, or IVs are needed, whatever access for any of that the healthcare workers can use is OK!

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Response by:

Paula  Silverman, MD Paula Silverman, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University