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Perioperative Surface Ultrasound for Placement and Confirmation of Central Venous Access: A Case Report

Bortman, Jeffrey BS; Knio, Ziyad BS; Amir, Rabia MD; Hamid, Khadija BS; Mahmood, Feroze MD; Matyal, Robina MD

doi: 10.1213/XAA.0000000000000463
Case Reports: Case Report

We present a case highlighting that the real-time visualization of the guidewire in the internal jugular vein with ultrasound, and confirmation of correct position of the guidewire tip at the superior vena cava to right atrial junction with surface ultrasound, is possibly the safest method of central venous catheter insertion.

From the *Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine, and the Division of Cardiac Surgery, Department of Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Accepted for publication October 21, 2016.

Funding: None.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Address correspondence to Feroze Mahmood, MD, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 330 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215. Address e-mail to

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