Central Venous Catheters: Indications, Techniques, and Complications

Semin Pediatr Surg. 2019 Feb;28(1):26-32. doi: 10.1053/j.sempedsurg.2019.01.005. Epub 2019 Jan 18.


Central venous catheters (CVC) are commonplace in the management of critically ill patients and serve a variety of purposes. Venous access is important for the administration of fluid and medications as well as blood procurement needed for lab analyses. However, not every critically ill patient requires a CVC. This article highlights the key considerations, pitfalls and evidence-based practices regarding the use pediatric central venous catheters.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Catheterization, Central Venous / adverse effects
  • Catheterization, Central Venous / instrumentation
  • Catheterization, Central Venous / methods*
  • Central Venous Catheters
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Critical Illness
  • Humans