How to place and maintain a jugular catheter
Sunday, July 1, 2012
The purpose of the article is to provide a step by step guide to placement of a jugular catheter and maintenance.Advantages of placing a jugular catheter include increased comfort for patient, ease of use for nursing staff, multi lumen allowing blood sampling, intravenous fluid access and parenteral nutrition to be given if required to the same patient. Disadvantages include increased risk of infection and introduction of foreign material into the central circulation, with far more serious consequences than peripheral vessel contamination therefore the increased need for proper aseptic technique for both placement and management.
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