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
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