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Trick of the Trade: Finding the femoral vein by V-technique

Posted Jun 09 2010 12:00am

I rarely access the femoral vein for central venous catheterization... except in medical or trauma resuscitations. Oftentimes in these resuscitations, there are too many people near the IJ or subclavian vein site. People are intubating, performing CPR, trying to get peripheral vein access, etc.

The patient's femoral veins are relatively accessible areas. Use the ultrasound if it is readily available to you and is easy to maneuver between providers to reach the patient. For me, the ultrasound machine is often too large and unwieldy to wedge between providers.

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