Central venous catheters - ultrasound locating devices (TA49)
The clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness of ultrasonic locating devices for the placement of central venous lines
2-D imaging ultrasound guidance should be the preferred method when inserting of central venous catheter into the internal jugular vein in adults and children in ‘elective situations’. (‘Elective situation’ means that the operation, or other treatment, has been planned – that is, it is not an emergency.)
2-D imaging ultrasound guidance should be considered in most clinical situations where CVC insertion is necessary, whether the situation is elective or an emergency.
Everyone who uses 2-D imaging ultrasound guidance to insert central venous catheters should have appropriate training to ensure they are competent to use the technique.
Audio-guided Doppler ultrasound guidance is not recommended for use when inserting central venous catheters.
- TA49 Central venous catheters - ultrasound locating devices: guidance (web format)
- TA49 Central venous catheters - ultrasound locating devices: summary
- Review decision - September 2010
- Appendix A: decision paper presented to the Institute's Guidance Executive
- Review Proposal - July 2010
- Appendix A: provisional matrix of stakeholders
- Appendix B: proposal paper presented to the Institute's Guidance Executive
- Review decision: January 2009
- Review decision: November 2005
- Review proposal: Central venous catheters - ultrasound locating devices (No. 49): October 2005
- A survey measuring the impact of NICE technology appraisal 49: Central venous catheters - ultrasound locating devices
- Assessment report: The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of ultrasound locating devices for central venous access
This page was last updated: 16 March 2012
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