Ultrasound-guided catheterization of the radial artery: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.
Chest. 2011 Mar;139(3):524-9
Authors: Shiloh AL, Savel RH, Paulin LM, Eisen LA
Ultrasound guidance commonly is used for the placement of central venous catheters (CVCs). The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recommends the use of ultrasound for CVC placement as one of its 11 practices to improve patient care. Despite increased access to portable ultrasound machines and comfort with ultrasound-guided CVC access, fewer clinicians are familiar with ultrasound-guided techniques of arterial catheterization. The goal of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to determine the utility of real-time two-dimensional ultrasound guidance for radial artery catheterization.
PMID: 20724734 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]