Prone position central venous access
The prone position is extensively used to improve oxygenation in patients with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome caused by SARS-CoV-2 pneumonia. Occasionally, these patients exhibit cardiac and respiratory functions so severely compromised they cannot tolerate lying in the supine position, not even for the time required to insert a central venous catheter. The authors describe three cases of successful ultrasound-guided internal jugular vein cannulation in prone position. The alternative approach here described enables greater safety and well-being for the patient, reduces the number of episodes of decompensation, and risk of tracheal extubation and loss of in-situ vascular lines.
Lima BMM, Cheung L. Ultrasound-guided central venous access for patients in the Intensive Care Unit in prone position: report of three cases. Braz J Anesthesiol. 2021 Nov 26:S0104-0014(21)00398-5. doi: 10.1016/j.bjane.2021.10.008. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34843804.