To evaluate whether a single-operator ultrasound-guided, right-sided, central venous catheter insertion verifies proper placement and shortens time to catheter utilization” Galante et al (2017).
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate whether a single-operator ultrasound-guided, right-sided, central venous catheter insertion verifies proper placement and shortens time to catheter utilization.
DESIGN: Prospective observational study with historical controls.
SETTING: Adult ICUs.
PATIENTS: Sixty-four consecutive patients undergoing ultrasound-assisted right-sided central venous catheterization compared with 92 serial historic controls who had unassisted central catheter insertion at the same sites.
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INTERVENTIONS: Subcostal transthoracic echocardiography during catheter insertion.
MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: The primary outcome was the correct placement of the catheter tip determined by postprocedural chest radiography. The subclavian site was used in 41 patients (64%) (inserted without ultrasound guidance) in the ultrasound-assisted group and 62 (67%) in the control group, whereas the jugular vein was used in the remaining patients. The tip was accurately positioned in 59 of 68 patients (86.7%) in the ultrasound-assisted group compared with 51 of 94 (54.8%) in the control group (p < 0.001). The median time from end of the procedure to catheter utilization after chest radiography approval was 2.4 hours.
CONCLUSIONS: A single-operator ultrasound-guided central venous catheter insertion is effective in verifying proper tip placement and shortens time to catheter utilization.
Galante, O., Slutsky, T., Fuchs, L., Smoliakov, A., Mizrakli, Y., Novack, V., Brotfein, E., Klein, M., Frenkel, A., Koifman, L. and Almog, Y. (2017) Single-Operator Ultrasound-Guided Central Venous Catheter Insertion Verifies Proper Tip Placement. Critical Care Medicine. May 22nd. [Epub ahead of print].
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