In this study, the authors have retrospectively reviewed their experience with central catheters inserted by ultrasound-guided puncture and cannulation of the superficial femoral vein, focusing mainly on indications, technique of venipuncture, and incidence of immediate/early complications.

They concluded that the ultrasound approach to the superficial femoral vein is an absolutely safe technique of central venous access. In their experience, it was not associated with any risk of severe insertion-related complications, even in patients with low platelet count or coagulation disorders. Also, the exit site of the catheter at mid-thigh may have advantages if compare to the exit site in the inguinal area.

Authors : Maria Giuseppina Annetta 1, Bruno Marche 1, Laura Dolcetti 1, Cristina Taraschi 1, Antonio La Greca 1, Andrea Musarò 1, Alessandro Emoli 1, Giancarlo Scoppettuolo 1, Mauro Pittiruti1 1Fondazione Policlinico Universitario “A. Gemelli” IRCCS, Rome, Italy.

PMID: 33749364
DOI: 10.1177/11297298211003745

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