What equipment is needed for central venous access via the subclavian vein?

Updated: Aug 07, 2018
  • Author: E Jedd Roe, lll, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM, MSF, CPE; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
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Equipment required for central venous access via the subclavian approach to the subclavian vein includes the following:

  • Central venous catheter tray (line kit; see the image below)
  • Sterile gloves
  • Antiseptic solution with skin swab
  • Sterile drapes or towels
  • Sterile gown
  • Sterile saline flush, approximately 30 mL
  • Lidocaine 1% (obtain additional vial of lidocaine 1% if needed)
  • Gauze
  • Dressing
  • Scalpel, No. 11
Central venous catheter equipment. Courtesy of Wik Central venous catheter equipment. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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