Correct Depth of Insertion of Right Internal Jugular Central Venous Catheters Based on External Landmarks: Avoiding the Right Atrium (2022)

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Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia

Volume 21, Issue 4,

August 2007

, Pages 497-501

Presented as an abstract at the ASA Meeting, Atlanta, GA, October 25, 2005.

Objective: Radiographically, a central venous catheter (CVC) tip should lie at the level of the right tracheobronchial angle. Precalculation of length of CVC insertion may avoid unnecessary catheter malposition. The purpose of this study was to assess the accuracy of a method of CVC positioning, based on external topographic landmarks.

Design: A prospective, randomized study.:

Setting: University-affiliated hospital, single institution.

Participants: Patients scheduled for surgery.

Interventions: Patients were allocated for insertion of the catheter through the right internal jugular vein to either a fixed, predetermined, 15-cm length (n = 50) or to a depth calculated topographically (n = 50) by drawing a line from the level of the thyroid notch to the sternal manubrium. The catheter was repositioned if its tip was situated >5 cm above the carina or >1 cm below it. The distance from the catheter tip to the carina was measured. The main study endpoint was the need for catheter repositioning.

Measurements and Main Results: Two percent of patients required repositioning in the topographic group compared with 78% in the 15-cm length group (p < 0.001). No patient in the topographic group and 10 patients (20%) in the 15-cm group had the catheter placed in the right atrium (p < 0.05). The mean distance from the CVC tip to the carina was 2.9 ± 1.4 cm above the carina in the topographic group and 1.9 ± 1.1 cm below the carina in the 15-cm length group (p < 0.001). No patient had a too proximally placed catheter. Insertion lengths in the topographic group ranged between 9 and 12.5 cm.

Conclusions: It is recommended to use the topographic approach in deciding CVC depth with right internal jugular CVC placement.

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Methods

The study was performed from January 1, 2004, to January 1, 2005, after having been approved by the institutional ethics committee. After obtaining patients’ informed consent, 100 consecutive patients who were scheduled for laparotomy and who required CVC placement for their perioperative management were prospectively and randomly allocated to 1 of 2 groups with the closed envelope technique. Randomization numbers were stored in sealed, opaque envelopes until opened.

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Results

Demographic data were similar in both groups (Table 1). No patient was excluded because of failure of RIJV catheterization or because of more than 3 attempts at CVC insertion. There were 2 cases of mild arrhythmias related to J-wire insertion. No complications related to either CVC insertion or catheter tip position were encountered. There were no cases of too-high (proximal) insertions. Free return of venous blood was confirmed in all patients and from all lumens. Insertion lengths in the

Discussion

CVCs placed without imaging guidance have a 10% to 30% incidence of malpositioning of a catheter tip in the right atrium.14 Determining the best position of a catheter tip is still disputed and requires taking into consideration the catheter type, insertion site, and patient’s habitus.14

To the authors’ knowledge, only 2 prior studies correlated external topographic landmarks to the x-ray position of CVCs inserted through the RIJV. In 1 study, respiratory jugular venodilation was used as the

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    If using landmarks for the subclavian vein CVL, the needle should be inserted approximately 1 cm inferior to the junction of the middle and medial third of the clavicle.

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    The internal jugular vein is located deep to the confluence of the two heads of the sternocleidomastoid muscle (SCM). More specifically, it is located deep to the clavicular head of the SCM, about one-third of the distance from the medial border to the lateral border of the muscle.

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    Traditionally, central venous catheters are inserted with patient in the supine or Trendelenburg position. However, when a patient cannot tolerate supine position and the need for central venous access is urgent, catheter placement may be considered with the patient in the prone position.

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    A central line is longer, with a larger tube, and is placed in a large (central) vein in the neck, upper chest or groin. This type of catheter has special benefits in that it can deliver fluids into a larger vein, and that it can stay in the body for a longer period of time than a usual, shorter IV.

    How is a central line inserted? ›

    You will receive a local anesthetic that will numb the area where the radiologist will be placing the central line. The radiologist will insert a needle into the skin, creating a small tunnel. The central line is then placed in the tunnel with the tip coming to rest in a large vein.

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    Most commonly, the central approach to the internal jugular vein is used, which may decrease the chance of pleural or carotid arterial puncture. The introducer needle is inserted at about a 30 to 40° angle to the skin at the apex (superior angle) of the anterior cervical triangle, aiming toward the ipsilateral nipple.

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    There are three main access sites for the placement of central venous catheters. The internal jugular vein, common femoral vein, and subclavian veins are the preferred sites for temporary central venous catheter placement.

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    The external jugular vein courses superficial to and obliquely across the sternocleidomastoid muscle in the superficial fascia. Part of its descent in the neck is also along the posterior border of the sternocleidomastoid muscle in its lower third.

    What is right internal jugular vein? ›

    The function of the internal jugular vein is to collect blood from the skull, brain, superficial parts of the face, and the majority of the neck. The tributaries of the internal jugular include the inferior petrosal sinus, facial, lingual, pharyngeal, superior and middle thyroid, and, occasionally, the occipital vein.

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    The relatively direct line between the right external and internal jugular veins, as compared to the left external and internal jugular veins, make the right jugular vein the preferred system for assessing the venous pressure and pulse contour.

    Which structure is avoided when drawing blood from the right jugular vein of a horse? ›

    To avoid their phrenic nerve which is close to their jugular vein on their left side. Why is the lateral pectoral groove important in the horse?

    What is the nurse's role in assisting with insertion of central venous catheter? ›

    Nursing Responsibility - After a CVC placement, nurses are responsible for maintaining, monitoring, and utilizing central venous catheters. The assigned nurse must check complications such as infections, hematoma, thrombosis of the catheter, and signs R.

    When changing the dressing on a central line how should the patient be positioned? ›

    Central Line Dressing Change- Nursing Skills - YouTube

    Which central line insertion site has the highest risk of infection? ›

    The femoral route is associated with a higher risk for infection and thrombosis (as compared with the subclavian route). It should be restricted to patients in whom pneumothorax or haemorrhage would be unacceptable.

    Which anatomical location would the nurse identify as appropriate tip placement for a central venous catheter quizlet? ›

    -Catheter tip lies in the superior vena cava. -Held in place with a Dacron cuff.

    Which veins are most commonly used for central venous catheters? ›

    ACCESS SITE Centrally inserted central venous catheters are primarily placed via the internal jugular vein, subclavian vein, or femoral vein. Alternative insertion sites include the external jugular vein, cephalic vein, and proximal great saphenous vein.

    Which veins are most commonly used for central venous catheters quizlet? ›

    Central venous access is obtained through the internal jugular or femoral vein, and a long sheath facilitates device introduction under fluoroscopy or ultrasound guidance.

    Why do we place central lines? ›

    Doctors might use a central line instead of a regular IV line because: It can stay in place longer (up to a year or even more). It makes it easier to draw blood. Patients can get large amounts of fluids or medicines (like chemotherapy) that might not go through regular IVs.

    Why is Trendelenburg used for central line placement? ›

    Proper patient positioning may facilitate successful CVC placement. The Trendelenburg position generally increases the cross-sectional diameter of the internal jugular or subclavian veins, but may be undesirable in patients with elevated intracranial pressure.

    What is the process for accessing a central venous device? ›

    In a vascular access procedure, the catheter is inserted through the skin and into a vein (generally a vein in the neck, arms or legs) and the tip of the catheter is positioned into a large central vein that drains near the heart.

    How do you install a Mac central line? ›

    MAC line insertion - YouTube

    When a CVC is placed outside the recommended areas what common issue can occur? ›

    Heart arrhythmias were the most common complications during CVC insertion. In this study the heart arrhythmias occurred in 24 cases (22.23%), most often as supraventricular tachycardia and supraventricular extrasystoles, and ventricular extrasystoles were detected in 11 cases.

    Which technique is used to confirm the location of the catheter tip after insertion? ›

    To place the PICC line, a needle is inserted through your skin and into the vein in your arm. Ultrasound or an X-ray might be used to confirm the placement. A small incision is made in the vein so that a thin, hollow tube (catheter) can be inserted.

    What investigation is ordered once the CVC is inserted to confirm its position is correct? ›

    Confirming placement

    Proper CVC placement should be clinically verified, and also confirmed with diagnostic imaging. During cannulation of the internal jugular vein, a flush test may be useful for confirming adequate access.

    Is the external jugular vein deep or superficial? ›

    The external jugular vein is a superficial vein of the neck that drains blood from the parotid gland, most of the scalp, and side of the face, then back to the heart. It also assists with blood flow down from the head when other major veins, like the internal jugular vein, are compressed or blocked.

    How external jugular vein is formed and where it is drained? ›

    The external jugular vein begins near the mandibular angle, just below or within the substance of the parotid gland. It descends obliquely along the neck, superficial to the sternocleidomastoid muscle. Upon reaching the clavicle, it crosses the deep cervical fascia and ends by draining into the subclavian vein.

    How far should a central line be inserted? ›

    While inserting the CVC in the IJV via the central approach, the depth of insertion could be at 12-13 cm in males and 11-12 cm in females in right-sided catheters, whereas at a depth of 13-14 cm in males and 12-13 cm in females in left-sided ones. At this length the catheter tip could lie in an optimum position.

    How deep is internal jugular vein? ›

    The internal jugular vein is located deep to the confluence of the two heads of the sternocleidomastoid muscle (SCM). More specifically, it is located deep to the clavicular head of the SCM, about one-third of the distance from the medial border to the lateral border of the muscle.

    Where should the tip of a central venous catheter be located if it is placed and set properly? ›

    Confirming the position of the central venous catheter tip:

    For accurate CVP measurement, the tip of the central venous catheter (CVC) should lie within the superior vein cava (SVC), above its junction with the right atrium and parallel to the vessel walls 1.

    How do you insert an internal jugular catheter? ›

    Hold the catheter near its tip and insert the tip through the skin. Then, in increments of several centimeters and using a corkscrew motion as necessary, stepwise advance the internal jugular catheter. If ectopic heartbeats occur, slowly withdraw the catheter until ectopy stops.

    How do I check my CVC placement? ›

    The current standard for confirmation of correct supra-diaphragmatic central venous catheter (CVC) placement is with plain film chest radiography (CXR). We hypothesized that a simple point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) protocol could effectively confirm placement and reduce time to confirmation.

    Where should you not insert a central line? ›

    Contraindications include distorted local anatomy (such as for trauma), infection overlying the insertion site, or thrombus within the intended vein. Relative contraindications include coagulopathy, hemorrhage from target vessel, suspected proximal vascular injury, or combative patients.

    How long is a central venous catheter? ›

    The catheters used are commonly 15–30 cm in length, made of silicone or polyurethane, and have single or multiple lumens for infusion.

    What is the optimal catheter size in femoral vein? ›

    Conclusions: We suggest using femoral catheters with lengths from 25 to 55 cm (from the cuff to the tip) to obtain best results because such lengths are necessary to reach positions near the right atrium.

    How long should a central line be left in? ›

    A central venous catheter can remain for weeks or months, and some patients receive treatment through the line several times a day. Central venous catheters are important in treating many conditions, particularly in intensive care units (ICUs).

    Where is triple lumen catheter inserted? ›

    These catheters may be placed via the subclavian or internal jugular vein, as well as via the femoral vein (2,3). Typically, they stay in place for 7–10 days but may remain in place for longer periods of time.

    Where is central venous catheter inserted? ›

    A central venous catheter (CVC) is an indwelling device that is peripherally inserted into a large, central vein (most commonly the internal jugular, subclavian, or femoral), and advanced until the terminal lumen resides within the inferior vena cava, superior vena cava, or right atrium.

    Which veins are central venous sites? ›

    ACCESS SITE Centrally inserted central venous catheters are primarily placed via the internal jugular vein, subclavian vein, or femoral vein. Alternative insertion sites include the external jugular vein, cephalic vein, and proximal great saphenous vein.

    What color is distal port on central line? ›

    -Distal port (Yellow)= used to measure PAP. -Balloon port (Red)= used to determine PAWP (special 1.5cc syringe connected). -Infusion port (White)= used for fluid infusions.

    How do you give the central line to the femoral vein? ›

    Establish the needle insertion path

    The needle insertion path: Insert procedural needles (local anesthetic, finder, and introducer needles) 2 to 4 cm inferior to the inguinal ligament, 1 cm medial to the femoral artery, at a 45 to 60° angle into the skin, and aim toward the umbilicus.

    How deep is the femoral vein? ›

    Deep femoral vein: This vessel, the other major vein of the deep thigh, accesses the rear of the femoral vein about 8 centimeters (a little over 3 inches) from the inguinal ligament.

    Where should femoral central line be placed? ›

    The site to choose should be 1-2 cm below the inguinal crease, about 1cm medial to the femoral pulse. Be sure to enter below the inguinal crease to avoid retroperitoneal puncture.

    Which central line insertion site has the highest risk of infection? ›

    The femoral route is associated with a higher risk for infection and thrombosis (as compared with the subclavian route). It should be restricted to patients in whom pneumothorax or haemorrhage would be unacceptable.

    How much fluid is used to flush a central line before and after a blood draw and why? ›

    A 10 mL flushing volume after blood sampling is appropriate because fibrin contact with the catheter wall is limited to some minutes. In contrast, after a blood transfusion a flush of 20 mL is required because fibrin might deposit to the catheter wall during a prolonged time.

    What vein in the neck is used to insert a central line? ›

    A temporary central line is a short-term catheter placed in a vein located either in the neck (the internal jugular vein) or less commonly, the groin (the femoral vein).

    How do you insert an internal jugular central line? ›

    Most commonly, the central approach to the internal jugular vein is used, which may decrease the chance of pleural or carotid arterial puncture. The introducer needle is inserted at about a 30 to 40° angle to the skin at the apex (superior angle) of the anterior cervical triangle, aiming toward the ipsilateral nipple.

    What is the nurses role in assisting with insertion of central venous catheters? ›

    Nursing Responsibility - After a CVC placement, nurses are responsible for maintaining, monitoring, and utilizing central venous catheters. The assigned nurse must check complications such as infections, hematoma, thrombosis of the catheter, and signs R.

    What is right internal jugular vein? ›

    The function of the internal jugular vein is to collect blood from the skull, brain, superficial parts of the face, and the majority of the neck. The tributaries of the internal jugular include the inferior petrosal sinus, facial, lingual, pharyngeal, superior and middle thyroid, and, occasionally, the occipital vein.

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