Infants requiring anesthesia often require intravenous access (IV). However, IV access may be difficultbecause of small vessels. Cannulation of larger veins such as the saphenous vein have been described in the literature (1). A potential alternative to the saphenous is the cephalic vein (CV), which has been utilized in the deltopectoral triangle for central access, pacemaker implantation, and defibrillator implantation (2). The purpose of this study is to better characterize the CV in children 1 year old or less for potential as a blind cannulation site.
Lam, H.V., Nyshadham, S., Edney, J. and Austin, T. (2020) Characterizing the cephalic vein as a blind cannulation target in infants. Paediatric Anaesthesia. April 28th. doi: 10.1111/pan.13900. (Epub ahead of print).