Cannulation of neonates for venovenous extracorporeal life support

Ann Thorac Surg. 1996 Jun;61(6):1851-2. doi: 10.1016/0003-4975(96)00173-7.


Venovenous access via a double-lumen cannula in the right internal jugular vein is the extracorporeal life support mode of choice for neonates with respiratory failure. We report a simplified method of cannulation. The advantages of this "semi-Seldinger" method include the ability to cannulate without ligating the internal jugular vein, and to adjust the position of the cannula and decannulate without re-exploring the wound.

MeSH terms

  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Catheterization, Central Venous / instrumentation
  • Catheterization, Central Venous / methods*
  • Dilatation / instrumentation
  • Equipment Design
  • Extracorporeal Circulation / instrumentation*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Jugular Veins
  • Male
  • Needles
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / therapy*