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Central Venous Pressure Monitoring. Normal Sternum: 0–14 cm H2O, Midaxillary line: 8–15 cm H2O. CVP can be measured by connecting the patient's central venous catheter to a special infusion set which is connected to a small diameter water column. If the water column is calibrated properly the height of the column indicates the CVP. In most intensive care units, equipment is available to measure CVP continuously. Normal range for CVP is 3–12 cm water pressure

Central lines are used to administer large amounts of fluid, including total parenteral nutrition. (A) A short (nontunneled) triple-lumen percutaneous (through the skin) central venous catheter This catheter is inserted into the subclavian vein and threaded up into the superior vena cava (Lynn, 2008). (B) The peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line is inserted into the antecubital space and is sufficiently long to be threaded up into the superior vena cava (Lynn, 2008). (C) The…

A Hickman line is a central venous catheter most often used for the administration of chemotherapy or other medications, as well as for the withdrawal of blood for analysis. Some types are used mainly for the purpose of apheresis or dialysis.


Tunneled central venous catheter. Note tip of the catheter in the superior vena cava.


Central Venous Pressure (CVP) Catheter

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INTRODUCTION Central venous access is defined as placement ofa catheter such that the catheter is inserted intoa venous g...

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