Complications and failures of subclavian-vein catheterization

David R. Jobes, Norig Ellison, Christopher A. Troianos, Martin Weber, Christoph Huber, A. Oates, V. Hajela, K. S. Channer, Jeffrey L. Kaufman, C. A. Eynon, James R. Johnson, Paul F. Mansfield, Mary Ann Gregurich, William D. Haire

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To the Editor: Mansfield et al. (Dec. 29 issue)1 found that ultrasound-guided location of the subclavian vein was not beneficial, as compared with standard insertion procedures for subclavian-vein catheterization. The authors used ultrasound only to mark the site of insertion and did not study real-time ultrasound guidance of catheter placement. We believe that real-time ultrasound guidance might have been beneficial because of the favorable findings of another study2 and the reported success with ultrasound guidance of internal jugular-vein catheterization.35 A simple mark on the skin does not indicate the axis that will engage the vessel. The deeper the structure,.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1579-1581
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number23
StatePublished - Jun 8 1995


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