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Thursday, June 20, 2013
Taking blood pressure after mastectomy
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!
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!
Paula Silverman, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University