Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Limitations of ultrasound-guided central venous cannulation & A quicker and more reliable method of excluding inadvertent arterial puncture during central venous line insertion (letters). Anaesthesia & Intensive care March 2015.

These 2 interesting letters remind us of the perils of central line placements using ultrasound. Practitioners must be aware of the anatomy, be skilled at cannulation, have ultrasound skills and be able to verify correct vessel placement. These letters discuss methods to minimise harm, and that the “use of ultrasound is only one element, and not a panacea” in central venous access.

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