The real effectiveness of ultrasound guidance in subclavian venous access

Marco Milone, Giovnni Di Minno, Matteo Nicola Dario Di Minno, Giuseppe Salvatore, Carmine Lancovazzo, Carmela Policastro, Francesco Milone

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AIM: The technique of ultrasound-guided subclavian cannulation was evaluated in our experience assessing the effectiveness of such procedure. METHODS: We have evaluated 297 subclavian cannulation, performed for the jplacement of central venous catheter both with landmark method (176 patients) and ultrasound guded techanical complication of the subclavian vein puncture. RESULTS: A total of 3 mechanical complications were identified. of these, 8 were pneunothorax and 15 arterial puncture. Such case were indentified from the pool of patients who had undergone gubclavan venous cannulatin with landmark method. However these complication occurrd only in difficult venous access and teaching procedure performed with landmark method. DISCUSSION: An ultrasound-guided recent technique for the placemednt of entral vernous access should by addoped since such technuque seems to reduce the incidence of failure and mechanical complications. However it is worth notice that the clinical effect of using ultrasound guidance technique seems to be more significant when the internal jugular vien rather than the subclavian vein is cnnulated. CONCLUSION: Our expericence demonstrate that, both in no difficult case and dedico-lagal grounds, However the ultrasound guided technique is necessarily required to accbieve the reduction of complications in difficult vernous access.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-334
Number of pages4
JournalAnnali Italiani di Chirurgia
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010


  • Clomplications
  • Landmark
  • Subclavain
  • Ultrasound
  • Venous access

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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