Use of Echocardiography to Identify Appropriate Placement of a Central Venous Catheter Wire in the Vena Cava Prior to Cannulation.
Acad Emerg Med. 2014 Aug 25;
Authors: Avila JO, Smith BC, Seaberg DC
Ultrasound guidance is now the standard of care when placing a central venous catheter (CVC), resulting in decreased complications and increased first-pass success rates. However, even with ultrasound guidance being used for the initial venipuncture, misplacement of a CVC in either an unwanted vein or in an artery still occurs. Here, we discuss a simple technique to assist in the adequate placement of the CVC in the vena cava using bedside echocardiography.
PMID: 25156809 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]