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Sonographically guided placement of peripherally inserted central venous catheters: review of 355 procedures.
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PMID:  9609183     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: This paper reviews our experience using sonographic guidance in the insertion of peripherally inserted central venous catheters (PICCs). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Three hundred fifty-five PICCs were placed in 262 patients, 19-92 years old, over a 24-month period using sonographic guidance for the initial venous cannulation. RESULTS: The average number of punctures was 1.2, with an average procedure time of 21 min. Our overall success rate to achieve the initial venous access was 99%. I.v. contrast material was used in only 2% of the cases, after successful initial venous access with sonographic guidance alone, to allow demonstration of anatomic variations or lesions that interfered with the completion of the procedure. Two immediate minor complications occurred. A high margin of safety was provided by avoiding the use of iodinated contrast medium and by visualizing the artery and its anatomic relation to the vein before and during needle placement. CONCLUSION: Sonographic guidance yielded superior three-dimensional localization of the selected vein and its precise anatomic relationship to the artery. Our experience has led us to conclude that sonographically guided placement of PICCs is a fast, safe, efficient, and inexpensive technique and should be the preferred method for PICC placement, especially in patients with no clinically identifiable peripheral vein.
C T Sofocleous; I Schur; S G Cooper; J C Quintas; L Brody; R Shelin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  AJR. American journal of roentgenology     Volume:  170     ISSN:  0361-803X     ISO Abbreviation:  AJR Am J Roentgenol     Publication Date:  1998 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-06-16     Completed Date:  1998-06-16     Revised Date:  2008-02-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7708173     Medline TA:  AJR Am J Roentgenol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1613-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Radiology, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY 10025, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Catheterization, Central Venous / adverse effects,  methods*
Contrast Media
Middle Aged
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0/Contrast Media

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