In extremis use of a Foley catheter in a cardiac stab wound

J Trauma. 1986 Apr;26(4):400-2. doi: 10.1097/00005373-198604000-00017.


A case is discussed of a patient who presented in extremis after a stab wound to the right ventricle. He underwent successful resuscitation using a Foley catheter both for hemostasis and for administration of resuscitation fluids. While not commonly employed in cardiac trauma management, this technique may permit increased salvage due to its simplicity and speed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cardiac Catheterization / methods*
  • Catheters, Indwelling*
  • Heart Injuries / therapy*
  • Heart Ventricles
  • Hemostasis
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Wounds, Stab / therapy*