Practical guide for safe central venous catheterization and management 2017

J Anesth. 2020 Apr;34(2):167-186. doi: 10.1007/s00540-019-02702-9. Epub 2019 Nov 30.


Central venous catheterization is a basic skill applicable in various medical fields. However, because it may occasionally cause lethal complications, we developed this practical guide that will help a novice operator successfully perform central venous catheterization using ultrasound guidance. The focus of this practical guide is patient safety. It details the fundamental knowledge and techniques that are indispensable for performing ultrasound-guided internal jugular vein catheterization (other choices of indwelling catheters, subclavian, axillary, and femoral venous catheter, or peripherally inserted central venous catheter are also described in alternatives).

Keywords: Catheter-related infection; Mechanical complication; Medical education; Pediatric; Ultrasound-guided central venous catheterization.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Catheterization, Central Venous* / adverse effects
  • Catheterization, Peripheral*
  • Catheters, Indwelling
  • Humans
  • Jugular Veins / diagnostic imaging