25 October 2007

At 09.38 – the removal of more tubes.

Now the last drain tube from his chest has been removed. That’s good news, as it means the bleeding around the operation area will be reduced.

Also, they took away the artery needle. That’s what I guess you could call the outlet. From it, you can get blood and take tests. Its counterpart on the input side is called a CVC – central vein catheter. That’s what sits at Abbe’s neck and goes right into a vana cava, which is a larger and more central vein, close to the heart. It’s used to give him various medicines and given its location, it has an immediate effect. But the CVC remains where it is. It’s the artery needle that’s been removed.

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