Purpose: To develop and implement a comprehensive program to train providers to place subclavian central venous catheters (CVCs) using real-time ultrasound guidance.
Study design: Simulation-based prospective study at an academic medical center. Of 228 anesthesia providers and intensivists eligible to participate, 106 participants voluntarily enrolled. The training program consisted of a didactic module, hands-on instruction and practice using a CVC simulator and a standardized patient. The success of the program was measured by pre and post knowledge tests and direct observation during the hands-on sessions.
Results: Of 106 participants who enrolled, 70 successfully completed the program. Out of 20 possible procedure steps, an average of 17.8 ± 2.9 were correctly performed in the simulated environment. The average time to needle insertion, defined by positive aspiration of stained saline, was 3.35 ± 3.02 min and the average time to wire insertion with ultrasound confirmation was 3.85 ± 3.12 min.
Conclusions: Participants learned how to successfully perform ultrasound-guided catheterization of the subclavian vein. Since ultrasound-guided subclavian CVC placement is a useful clinical skill that many practitioners are unfamiliar with, increasing competence and comfort with this procedure is an important goal. Other centers could consider adopting an approach similar to ours to train their providers to perform this technique.Reference:
Davis JD, Treggiari MM, Dickson EA, Schulman PM. A Training Program for Real-Time Ultrasound-Guided Catheterization of the Subclavian Vein. J Med Educ Curric Dev. 2021 Jun 30;8:23821205211025849. doi: 10.1177/23821205211025849. PMID: 34263058; PMCID: PMC8252398.