The Speed of Sound: Video 1. SUPRAclavicular for Subclavian Lines
Read Dr. Butts’ article, “Think SUPRAclavicular for Subclavian Lines,” in the July 2013 issue, and then view this video that shows the technique to assess the venous anatomy of the neck and to identify the subclavian vein (SCV). The high-frequency transducer should be placed in the transverse orientation just lateral to the trachea. Once the internal jugular (IJ) is identified, it can be followed inferiorly until it is seen to join the SCV. Angling the transducer anteriorly will help to visualize this junction.
Christine Butts, MD