Ultrasonographic investigation of the effect of positive end-expiratory pressure on the cross-sectional area of the femoral vein.

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Ultrasonographic investigation of the effect of positive end-expiratory pressure on the cross-sectional area of the femoral vein.

Int J Cardiovasc Imaging. 2013 Feb;29(2):295-9

Authors: Ryu JH, Han SS, Choi WJ, Kim H, Lee SC, Do SH, Son YK

Abstract
Femoral veins are commonly used as a relatively safe alternative route for central venous cannulation. Several maneuvers are used to increase the cross-sectional area of the vein. In this study, we assessed the effect of positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) on the cross-sectional area (CSA) of femoral veins, using ultrasound in adult patients under positive pressure ventilation. All patients received a standardized induction of general anesthesia and intravenous fluid administration. Using ultrasound, the cross-sectional areas of both femoral veins were measured in 57 adult patients in the supine position without PEEP (control) and in the supine position with PEEP of 10 cm H(2)O. Mean arterial pressure and heart rate were recorded before and after the application of PEEP at 10 cm H(2)O. The application of 10 cm H(2)O PEEP significantly increased the CSA of the right femoral vein by 47.6 % and the left femoral vein by 48.4 % (each P < 0.001). Mean arterial pressure decreased by 2.6 mmHg (95 % CI 1.3-3.9; P < 0.001), whereas no significant change in heart rate was observed (P = 0.861). The CSA of the femoral vein is augmented with the application of 10 cm H(2)O PEEP in adult patients undergoing positive pressure ventilation.

PMID: 22772474 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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