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Ultrasound as a Screening Tool for Central Venous Catheter Positioning and Exclusion of Pneumothorax

Ultrasound as a Screening Tool for Central Venous Catheter Positioning and Exclusion of Pneumothorax

Although real-time ultrasound guidance during central venous catheter insertion has become a standard of care, postinsertion chest radiograph remains the gold standard to confirm central venous catheter tip position and rule out associated lung complications like pneumothorax. Transthoracic echocardiography and lung ultrasound are noninferior to chest x-ray for screening of pneumothorax and accurate central venous catheter positioning. Thus, the point of care use of ultrasound can reduce central venous catheter insertion to use time, exposure to radiation, and improve patient safety.

CriticalCare.news
November 4, 2018