The Central Line Part 2: Technique & Procedural Steps

a blog series on emergency medicine procedures

In the last post (the central line part 1) we focused on the indications/contraindications and anatomic considerations. Here we focus on technique and procedural steps. Enjoy. 

 

HUNTING & GATHERING

*note: images shown in this section are institution-specific (Rhode Island Hospital Emergency Department) 

Find a computer with a functioning Topaz to obtain informed consent:

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Go to this corner in any critical care room (here is a closer look) and obtain a central line kit:

OR

Finally, obtain these items:

  • mayo stand
  • sterile gloves
  • chlorhexidine scrub
  • 2-3 sterile saline flushes
  • non-sterile marking pen
  • ultrasound machine and ultrasound probe cover
  • in kit: hat, gown, facemask

 

PREP

PRE-STERILITY:

  • Open kit and empty sterile contents onto the field
  • ULTRASOUND:
    • Plug in ultrasound machine. It WILL run out of battery if you don’t and the screen will shut off in the middle of the procedure
    • Test your US probe orientation: tap gently on left side of probe…this should match left side of your screen
    • Examine the target vein: is it compressible? Is it plump and easily visualized?
  • PATIENT:
    • Position the patient
    • Scrub target area with chlorhexidine
    • Mark the site

TIMEOUT! 

…and document it:

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STERILIZE.

Watch this video. 

From EMCrit.org, Scott Weingart, RACC Sterile Line Preparation

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