Ultrasound-Guided Vascular Access Procedures



Vascular access procedures are extremely common in the critical care unit. Central venous catheter (CVC) placement alone accounts for upward of five million procedures annually.1 Arterial catheters are also ­commonplace and are an important tool in the management of many ICU conditions, including shock, severe hypertension, and other circumstances in which blood pressure management are important. Peripherally inserted central venous catheters (PICCs) and peripherally inserted catheters sited in a midline position (midlines) have gained increased popularity as an alternative to CVCs in the care of selected patients because of their ease of insertion, longevity, and low rate of early complications.


Internal Jugular Vein Subclavian Vein Central Venous Access Axillary Vein Preventable Medical Error 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departments of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Carilion ClinicVirginia Tech Carilion School of MedicineRoanokeUSA

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