J. Tokumine1, A.T. LeFor4, A. Yonei5, A. Kagaya2, K. Iwasaki2 and Y. Fukuda3 1 Department of Anesthesia, 2 Department of Surgery, 3 Department of Internal Medicine, Seikei-kai Chiba Medical Center, 1-11-12, Minami-cho, Chuo-ku, Chiba-shi, 260-0842, Japan, 4 Medical Simulation Center, Jichi Medical University Hospital, 3311-1 Yakushiji, Shimotsuke-shi, Tochigi-ken 329-0498, Japan, 5 Department of Anesthesiology, Kurashiki Central Hospital, 1-1-1 Miwa, Kurashiki, Okayama-ken 710-8602, Japan
British Journal of Anaesthesia, November 2012
A clinical study approved by the Chiba Medical Center Ethical Committee was performed to test a three-step method designed to overcome pitfalls associated with ultrasound-guided long-axis central vein catheterization (LAX-IP). Identified pitfalls of this technique include veins that curve and are challenging to approach, utilizing free-hand needling technique requires specific skills and training and lastly, identifying the true center of the view in LAX-IP is challenging with 2D imaging.
Nine operators underwent one hour of training prior to performing 100 central vein catheterizations following the three-step method of: 1) identifying a straight portion of the infraclavicular axillary vein in transverse, 2) using a needle guide to decrease the training required for appropriate needle handling and 3) demonstrating the LAX-IP view of the vein by sweeping through the vessel using the “side-swing” scanning technique.
The use of the Infiniti™ needle guide contributed to keeping the needle shaft and tip in-plane during the procedure while preventing “side-lobe” artifact. The amount of training required to effectively keep the needle in view during real-time guidance was minimal due to the use of the needle guidance method.
Results suggest the method is quickly learned by operators regardless of experience level. Success rate for catheterization was 100% with a median of one puncture per patient. Complication rate related to the procedure was zero.
The authors reported study limitations in establishing the safety of the three-step method technique. Additional clinical trials are needed.
The study’s findings suggest the Infiniti needle guide: