Time to abandon chest X-rays in favor of intracavitary ECG or echocardiography for central venous access tip location: A case of a malpositioned CICC into the internal mammary vein

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J Vasc Access. 2022 Mar 1:11297298221074751. doi: 10.1177/11297298221074751. Online ahead of print.


Central vascular access devices (CVADs) correct tip location is of paramount importance to avoid malposition related complications. Despite recent guidelines recommend avoiding postprocedure radiograph in favor of alternative tip location technology, chest X-rays are still widely used in clinical practice as a CVADs tip location method. We present a clinical case of a central inserted central catheter (CICC) malposition in the right internal mammary vein, erroneously interpreted by chest X-rays as correctly placed, in a critically ill patient.

PMID:35229679 | DOI:10.1177/11297298221074751

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