Optimal prediction of the central venous catheter insertion depth on a routine chest x-ray.
Nutrition. 2011 May;27(5):557-60
Authors: Uchida Y, Sakamoto M, Takahashi H, Matsuo Y, Funahashi H, Sasano H, Sobue K, Takeyama H
Cardiac tamponade is a serious complication of central venous catheter (CVC) insertion. The position of the carina has been shown to be near the pericardial reflection and can easily be identified as a landmark on routine chest x-ray (CXR). The purpose of this study was to show a simple way to predict optimal CVC depth, thereby facilitating safe positioning of the CVC tip.
PMID: 20934851 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]