Paracentesis for Acute Care Skills Lab

Abdominal paracentesis is a surgical puncture of the peritoneal cavity for aspiration of ascites. It is a safe and effective diagnostic and therapeutic procedure used in a variety of abdominal problems including, ascites, acute abdomen and peritonitis. Ascites may be recognized on physical examination indicated by abdominal distention, shifting dullness, and occasionally a palpable fluid wave.

This protocol covers the task of ascites aspiration by a healthcare provider.


Watch the video below to see how this procedure is done using VR:

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