What is subclavian venous access?

Subclavian vein access is confirmed with a flash of dark red blood, and this should drip in a non-pulsatile fashion after the syringe is removed. After access is obtained, the guidewire is advanced into the vein through the needle.

Where is subclavian vein found in the body?

The subclavian vein is a continuation of the axillary vein, which is located under the arm. The subclavian vein extends along the medial (middle) side of a muscle called the anterior scalene muscle.

Why do we Cannulate the right subclavian vein?

At the second site (clavicular midpoint), less effort is needed to maintain the shallow angle of insertion that keeps the needle in the coronal plane. Right subclavian cannulation, versus left, is sometimes preferred because it avoids the thoracic duct and because the right pleural apex is lower than the left.

Can you see the subclavian vein?

Ultrasound-guided subclavian vein access is a safe, effective and efficient option for central venous cannulation. Using ultrasound can decrease the time to cannulation in addition to many of the feared complications.

What happens if the subclavian vein is blocked?

This tissue causes the vein to narrow and restrict blood flow, leading to the formation of blood clots. Left untreated, axillo-subclavian vein thrombosis can cause: Arm pain and fatigue. Arm swelling.

What drains into the right subclavian vein?

The major part of the lymphatic fluid is drained via the thoracic duct, but the right side of the face and right upper extremity are drained into the right subclavian vein. Valves in the lymph vessels help fluid to flow in the correct direction. Lymphedema is an imbalance between lymphatic load and lymph evacuation.

How is the subclavian vein accessed in the human body?

The subclavian vein has traditionally been accessed by passing a needle deep to the clavicle and puncturing the vein as it passes between the clavicle and first rib. It is possible to access the vein more laterally, before it passes under the clavicle.

Is the right subclavian vein valveless or valveless?

The subclavian veins are valveless, and the anatomical path of the right and left subclavian veins are not symmetrical. The right subclavian vein forms an angled arc as it merges with the right internal jugular vein, to form the right brachiocephalic vein to enter the superior vena cava.

Is it safe to use a subclavian vein catheter?

Subclavian vein access to the central venous system is discouraged over IJ catheterization for several reasons. Stenosis or occlusion is more frequent after placement of subclavian vein catheters.19 The risk of pneumothorax is increased also.

How is the subclavian vein used to treat pneumothorax?

If the child’s ventilation is controlled, the risk of pneumothorax would be theoretically decreased by momentarily ceasing ventilation while probing for the subclavian vein so that the apex of the lung is kept away from the needle.