Central Venous Catheterization in the Critically Ill Patient

Crit Care Clin. 1992 Oct;8(4):677-86.


Central venous catheter placement for access and monitoring purposes is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the intensive care unit. This article details the indications, techniques, and advantages and disadvantages associated with various approaches to central line insertion; complications associated with central venous line insertion are also reviewed briefly.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Catheterization, Central Venous / adverse effects
  • Catheterization, Central Venous / instrumentation
  • Catheterization, Central Venous / methods*
  • Critical Illness*
  • Femoral Vein
  • Humans
  • Jugular Veins
  • Subclavian Vein