Towards Optimal Central Venous Catheter Tip Position
- *Corresponding Author:
- Schummer W
Ruhrlandklinik West German Lung Center
University Hospital Essen, Tuschener Weg 40
45239 Essen, Germany
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: February 25, 2016; Accepted Date: March 17, 2016; Published Date: March 26, 2016
Citation: Schummer W (2016) Towards Optimal Central Venous Catheter Tip Position. J Vasc Med Surg 4:260. doi:10.4172/2329-6925.1000260
Copyright: © 2016 Schummer W. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Central venous catheters (CVCs) are required in many critically ill patients. As with most invasive procedures, central venous catheterisation is associated with numerous potential complications, many of which stem from the access procedure. Other serious complications are related to the catheter tip position. Secondary to CVC misplacement, there is significant morbidity and mortality associated with complications such as perforation of the vessel, thrombosis, extravasation and arrhythmias with its related consequences. In clinical practice, methods used to determine CVC tip position are chest radiography and ECG guidance of the CVC during the insertion procedure.