Posts tagged #procedures

The Use of the Angiocatheter in Central Venous Line Insertion

There are two techniques for guide wire insertion when performing central line placement. This week we compare the evidence for the two approaches and provide support for the cathether-over-needle (CON) technique which may prove useful in specific situations.  

Quick Guide To Minor Facial Trauma: Part 2

In the emergency department, we commonly encounter minor injuries to the face and mouth.  In a two part series, we will provide a short overview of some helpful strategies for dealing with these cosmetically sensitive injuries in an effective manner. 

Owning The Ankle Arthrocentesis

As ER doctors, we stick a lot of needles into a lot of different body parts. Sometimes into vessels, sometimes into the area around the spinal cord, and of course, sometimes into hot, swollen joints. The ankle is included in this which can often prove difficult to access. To help you through your next angry ankle, here are a couple of pointers.

Complications of Central Venous Catheters

We review the recent randomized-controlled trial by Parienti et al in the New England Journal of Medicine which sought to determine the complication rate of central venous catheters (CVC) at the 3 primary sites of insertion.