This is the most recent study of Dr. C. Breschan, member of the NEVAT.
Ultrasound guidance permits the placement of relatively large bore central venous catheters (2-4 French) into the brachiocephalic vein in very small infants. These catheters also enable haemodynamic monitoring, blood sampling, and high-flow infusions. The aim of this retrospective analysis was to confirm the clinical feasibility of supraclavicular ultrasound-guided (USG) cannulation of the brachiocephalic vein in neonates weighting <3.5kg and the implications of increasing experience with this cannulation technique. All cannulations were performed under general anaesthesia by three anaesthesiologists.

Authors : Christian Breschan1, *, Gudrun Graf1 , Christoph Arneitz2 , Haro Stettner3 , Stefan Neuwersch1 , Christian Stadik4 , Markus Koestenberger1 , Sandra Holasek5 and Rudolf Likar1
1 Department of Anaesthesia, Klinikum Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, Austria,
2 Department of Pediatric Surgery, Klinikum Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, Austria,
3 Department of Statistics, University of Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, Austria,
4 Department of Neurorehabilitation, Krankenhaus Hermagor, Klagenfurt, Austria and
5 Institute of Pathophysiology, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria

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