Central lines

File:Seldinger Set.jpg

As a medical student, it’s exciting to learn how to put a drip in (it was for me!), and as you slowly progress forwards, you add more procedures to your toolbox. Lumbar punctures, pleural drains, ascitic taps – and finally, the mighty central line. The vast majority of intensive care patients have them, and it’s often where you practice your Seldinger technique. 

This month, there’s a nice article on the use of central venous catheters in the BMJ. It’s an important skill to learn and an understanding of how to prevent complications is essential. Check it out here.

source | British Medical Journal

image | Wikimedia Commons

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