Femoral venous catheterization during cardiopulmonary resuscitation: a critical appraisal

M S Jastremski, H D Matthias, P A Randell
Journal of Emergency Medicine 1984, 1 (5): 387-91
The placement of femoral venous catheters inserted during unsuccessful resuscitation attempts was studied by postmortem angiograms through the catheters. In 31% of the catheterizations the final position of the catheter was not in the femoral vein. We conclude that femoral venous catheterization by inexperienced operators is an unreliable technique during cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

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