Central Ultrasound Guided Vascular Access

Central venous catheter placement is common and the majority of critically ill patients have a central venous catheter placed. Usually, central vascular catheterisation is easy and straightforward but when it fails, it can be life-threatening. Central vascular access is therefore a fundamental clinical skill in critical care.

Multiple studies support the clinical utility of ultrasound guidance compared with conventional landmark-guided cannulation. Main advantages are lower complication rates, incl.:

  • Arterial puncture
  • Pneumothorax
  • Hemothorax
  • Brachial plexus injury
  • Catheter malposition

The goal of ultrasound guided central vascular access is to place a central venous catheter as expediently and efficiently as possible. This includes:

  • A minimum number of attempts
  • A minimum of complications

After completing this e-course you will be familiar with:

  • Central ultrasound-guided vascular access and its benefits
  • Equipment and how to set it up appropriately
  • Basic sonoanatomy of the central vessels on the neck, upper extremity, and v. femoralis
  • Needle guidance techniques
  • Standard operating procedures used for central ultrasound-guided vascular access

By completing the e-course you will be optimally prepared for the practical training

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