Arterial lines are commonly used in ICUs to continuously monitor a patient's blood pressure.  Patients in my ICU that commonly have arterial lines are those who have gone to the OR, have poor arterial vasculature, have unreliable blood pressure readings, or have multiple vasopressor medications infusing.  Prior to the doctor inserting the arterial line, there is some prep work for you, as the nurse, to do. The video below talks about the different supplies needed to set up a transducer as well as how to prime the tubing. 

AuthorCourtney Tracy