Impact of the distance between the tips of central venous catheters

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We hypothesised that in patients requiring a CVC for infusion of drugs and a CVDC for RRT, their insertion in opposite internal jugular veins may not necessarily increase the distance between the line tips, and therefore may not prevent the direct aspiration of drugs” Butt et al (2019).

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We hypothesised that in patients requiring a CVC for infusion of drugs and a CVDC for RRT, their insertion in opposite internal jugular veins may not necessarily increase the distance between the line tips, and therefore may not prevent the direct aspiration of drugs. We conducted a review of chest X-rays performed between 30 May 2018 and 30 July 2018 of 23 patients with a CVC and CVDC within the same or opposite internal jugular vein (Figure 1). The distance between the tips was measured. STATA v 15 (STATA Corp, USA) was used for analysis.

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Butt, S., Ostermann, M. and Camporota, L. (2019) Distance between the tips of central venous catheters does not depend on same or opposite site access. Journal of the Intensive Care Society. 20(3), p.NP15-NP16. doi: 10.1177/1751143719832163.

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