Comparison of internal and external jugular cannulation of the central circulation in the pediatric patient

S. G. Nicholson, M. F. Sweeney, R. A. Moore, D. R. Jobes

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Abstract

Percutaneous catheterization of the central circulation via the internal jugular vein was compared to cannulation via the external jugular vein, in a retrospective review of 200 pediatric patients. The internal approach resulted in an 86% rate of successful cannulations with 99.9% of the catheters positioned in the thorax; this technique was accompanied by an 8% incidence of carotid artery puncture. The external jugular route eliminated the risk of carotid artery puncture; however, it was successful in only 65% of the attempts, and 14% of the successful cannulations had catheter tips incorrectly positioned outside the thorax.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)747-749
Number of pages3
JournalCritical Care Medicine
Volume13
Issue number9
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

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    Nicholson, S. G., Sweeney, M. F., Moore, R. A., & Jobes, D. R. (1985). Comparison of internal and external jugular cannulation of the central circulation in the pediatric patient. Critical Care Medicine, 13(9), 747-749.