“Here, we discuss a simple technique to assist in the adequate placement of the CVC in the vena cava using bedside echocardiography.” Avila et al (2014).
Avila, J.O., Smith, B.C. and Seaberg, D.C. (2014) Use of Echocardiography to Identify Appropriate Placement of a Central Venous Catheter Wire in the Vena Cava Prior to Cannulation. Academic Emergency Medicine. August 25th. .
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.
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