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Central venous lines

A central venous line is a device inserted into the superior vena cava or right atrium. A medical practitioner inserts the catheter via the internal jugular, subclavian or femoral veins using strict aseptic technique. Aubaniac (1952) first reported the use of central venous catheterisation and the catheters are now in common use in a variety of health care settings (Drewett, 2000) though they are more commonly used in the high-dependency category patient.

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