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Ann Emerg Med. 1982 May;11(5):266-8.

The penis-a possible alternative emergency venous access for males?


For male patients in whom no other immediate venous channel is available, the intrapenile route may represent a life-saving alternative. Acute injection of fluid into corpora cavernosa was used to produce penile erection. With this simple injection technique, a high volume of fluid can be injected in a short time. Among 33 patients, only one was noted to have minor subcutaneous hematoma. The use of the intrapenile route of venous access is suggested for patients with severe hypovolemic shock. The principal advantage of the proposed method of venous injection is that it could represent a high-volume venous access system and is independent of the patient's volemic condition.

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