The most common invasive procedural application of ultrasound is the central venous cannulation. This procedure has such a high risk of complications that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has classified ultrasound guidance in central line placement as one of the 11 most important safety practices to prevent procedural errors and adverse events. Assessment of the implementation of ultrasound to guide insertion of CVC (at all cannulation sites) and its associated complications is a priority area for patient safety and resource utilization.

  • CVC insertion practices, malposition & PTX incidence
  • CVC malposition definition
  • US guided subclavian cannulation