Publication Date


Document Type


First Advisor

Oddi, Lorys

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Nursing


Hemostasis; Hematoma; Heart--Diseases--Nursing; Angioplasty


The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between two methods of compression used to effect hemostasis and to prevent the development of hematoma following the removal of a femoral sheath after a coronary angioplasty. The incidence of hematoma at the insertion site, the duration of compression necessary to achieve hemostasis, and the level of comfort experienced by the patient during compression were the variables assessed. The effect of compression on hemostasis after arterial invasion formed the physiologic base for this study. The research design was a quasi-experimental, comparison study, in which 51 subjects were randomly assigned to two groups, and extraneous variables (levels of coagulation proteins and pain medication) were controlled. Findings indicated that manual compression resulted in a significantly (p = .05) higher incidence of hematoma, neither method differed significantly in duration of compression required for hemostasis, and the patient's level of comfort was significantly (p = .05) higher with mechanical compression. These findings have implications for nursing research and practice.


Includes bibliographical references (pages 62-65)


vii, 84 pages




Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

Media Type