Internal Jugular Line Course

Central line placement is indicated in patients who need hemodynamic monitoring, rapid volume resuscitation, therapies such as vasopressors and vesicant or central parenteral nutrition infusions and in patients with difficult venous access.  The central line placement course will teach clinicians how to place central venous catheters (subclavian line placement, internal jugular line placement and femoral line placement) using advanced simulation manikins.  The course covers central venous access indications, contraindications, preparation, technique, complications and their management.  Techniques for triple lumen, cordis and hemodialysis catheters will be taught.  The course will cover both landmark-based central line placement and ultrasound-guided central line insertion.

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Internal Jugular Line Placement Course trains students in:

  • Indications for a internal jugular venous catheter placement
  • Contraindications for internal jugular venous catheter placement
  • Complications of a internal jugular venous catheter placement
  • Equipment for internal jugular venous catheter placement
  • Proper positioning and technique for internal jugular venous catheter placement
  • Coding for internal jugular venous catheter placement

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An internal jugular line placement may need to be performed for a variety of medical conditions, or emergency procedures.  This can be a technically challenging procedure and in some cases the patient may be very ill or significantly injured.

Due to the jugular vein’s position adjacent to the carotid artery and several adjacent muscles, the internal jugular line placement must be performed with careful precision.  Complications arising from the procedure can result in carotid artery damage, haematoma, and pneumothorax in some rare cases, death.  As a result of the potential for serious damage to surrounding arteries and muscles, ultrasound is often used to assist in the placement of the internal jugular line.

Ultrasound vs. Landmark-based

In general, ultrasound guidance is preferred over the landmark-based technique.  Ultrasound guidance has increased internal jugular line placement success rates to over 90%.    Compilications arising from the procedure decreased by 57% when using ultrasound to locate the jugular vein as opposed to the landmark-based technique.  The most obvious reasons for the preference for ultrasound assisted IJ line placement included a higher success rate overall, higher first attempt success, shorter access time, lower chance of carotid artery puncture, and lower chance of hematoma.

Using the ultrasound based technique, imaging provides the hospitalist or emergency physician with the location of the jugular vein.  The landmark-based technique involves a physician or other qualified personnel determining the location of the jugular and best entry position according to its position relative to adjacent muscles, tissue, and arteries.

Why Internal Jugular Line Placement?

Internal placement has several proven benefits when compared to the peripheral IV placement.  The internal jugular approach is preferred when possible due to the vein’s significant rate of blood flow,  substantial size, relatively straight orientation, and small mal position rate.  The most obvious drawback to the internal jugular vein is its location near the carotid artery.  The internal jugular vein is the most typical choice for central access by anesthesiologists.

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Internal Jugular Line Placement Blogs

How to Prevent and Manage Malpositioned Central Lines

Malpositioned central venous catheters occurs in about 7% of central line placements. A malpositioned central line is any central venous catheter where the tip is located anywhere other than the superior vena cava (SVC) for internal jugular lines or subclavian…
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Simulation Based Training for Central Venous Catheters

Does Simulation Based Training Improve Central Line Success Rates? Simulation-based procedural training has become increasingly popular in academic medical centers and among medical trainees.  Limited data has suggested that simulation based training improves success rates and safety, but evidence has…
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First Pass Success Rate is Better for Ultrasound-Guided Radial Artery Line Placement vs Palpation-Guided Placement

In 2015 a meta-analysis found that when an ultrasound was used during a radial arterial catheter placement the first pass success rate improved. In the eleven trials that met inclusion criteria over 800 patients were enrolled. Compared to the palpation-guided…
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