Residents learning ultrasound-guided catheterization are not sufficiently skilled to use landmarks

Ultrasound guided placement of central venous catheters is a safer alternative than standard landmark based placement. However, in situations when ultrasound isn’t practical, like an emergency, physicians must still be able to place the catheter. The problem is that residents aren’t being adequately trained in landmark-based placement! Sometimes technology and old-school skills must find a balance!

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About Ron Sahyouni

Medical Student at UC Irvine School of Medicine.

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